January 14, 3302 – Pleiades Nebula – Merope System. Wandering pilots discover a strange alien formation on Merope 5C. You will find it by landing on Merope 5C at the following coordinates: -026.3496°, -156.4044°.
I began writing this post half a month ago, but got sidetracked and… oh, well… In the meantime, more barnacles were discovered at various locations – you can find a lot of info on reddit.
The question everyone’s asking that has no real answer yet is: what are these “structures”? What we do know is that they are organic. They emit luminous particles and the same gas cloud as the Unknown Artifacts. They also emit those strange noises. What I’ve found is that these sounds are different than those emitted by the Unknown Artifacts.
There’s also the strange symbol that appears on 3 of the 6 tentacle-like “things”. Many Commanders have speculated that it looks like the Barnard’s Loop nebula, and some went on to research that location.
I decided to analyze the sounds. So I recorded them for about an hour and started messing around. I increased and decreased the speed, separated the channels… stuff like that. I found some patterns and a few different “translations” depending on the “decoding” method I used. Some of them appeared to be system names inside the “bubble”. I’m going to do some further research and will post again about the barnacles as soon as I have more info…
You want to try exploration, but can’t afford an ASP Explorer? Or maybe you can afford it, but you don’t know if exploration is for you? Well, there is one thing you can do (without having to go thousands of light years). There is one particular region of space close to the “player bubble” that is getting a lot of attention. I am talking about the Pleiades Nebula. Roughly 400 LYs away, this is where you’ll find a Black Hole (probably the closest one to the bubble), some awesome landing spots (great for taking those perfect screenshots), the famous Merope system and the Unknown Artefacts.
Now, if you’re low on credits, you may want to try one of the most underrated ships in this game: the Hauler. This is a great ship for trying out exploration as a newbie. It’s very cheap, and with this fit: Exploration Hauler you can get an excellent 30+ LY jump range. You can also fit a Planetary Vehicle Hangar if you want to have some fun. This will get you to Maia in less than 30 minutes.
Once there, go visit the Black Hole. It’s a small one, but still a Black Hole. Then head to Merope, the “target” of all the Unknown Artefacts situated around that system at about ~140 LY and pointing towards it. Land on some planets / moons, go through some canyons, take some screenshots.
Finally, if you want to see one of the Unknown Artefacts, the easiest way to find one is to go to Aries Dark Region GW-W D1-52 System, fly away from the single star and wait for a Strong Signal Source to appear. That’s where you’ll find it.
Hope this was useful for you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me anything. I’ll be happy to help you in any way I can. Fly dangerously, CMDR!