Tourist Trap

Dbx "Alexei Leonov" NH-16D
BD+22 3878 "Dumbbell Nebula"
Distance from Sol: 1,100 ly

Three days and five hours into the trip, the Alexei Leonov is functioning nominally, no problems to report.

After an overnight stop at VV Cephei, I spent some time perusing the star maps before deciding on my next destination… and in a moment of madness I ended up doubling back to go see a point of interest – the Dumbbell Nebula.

The Dumbbell Nebula from an adjacent system.

The nebula is exquisite from nearby systems, small but delicate in beautiful shades of blue and pink. It is formed from the remains of a giant star that had shed its material and collapsed into a white dwarf. The nebula has the distinction of being the first planetary nebula to be discovered on old Earth in 1764.

The tourism station at BD+22 3878 5

Modern-day tourism seems to have caught up with it, even as remote from the bubble as it is. The water world BD+22 3878 5 has an orbiting “Tranquility’s Stop” tourism installation, which was buzzing with activity when I stopped by. It’s not my cup of tea though – I prefer to get out in the Black and make my own way.


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