Genesis – In the beginning

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” – Genesis 1-1, Bible, King James version

20.04.yc116 New Eden < EVE Constellation < Genesis

New Eden… For as long as I’ve been sailing the stars, it’s hard to believe that I’m just now arriving where it all began. Not where I’m personally from, Saisio III, but the place where it started for all of us. The New Eden system in the EVE Constellation, Genesis Region. It is believed that our forefathers came through the EVE Gate several millennia ago. It’s unknown what the letters “EVE” mean that are written prominently over the top of the gate. Today, the gate is viewed by the Sisters of EVE as part of their religious belief that God is on the other side and that it is His will that they study it thoroughly.

New Eden I

New Eden I

From here, our ancestors spread rapidly among the stars around AD 7989 to 8061. Then tragedy struck, the once stable wormhole at the New Eden Gate collapsed. The colonies were cut off and our dark ages began. Millions died, colonies were destroyed, and humanity started all over again until we once again claimed the stars as our own today. Yet, we still remain in the dark as to what lies beyond the gate.

I enjoyed my time in the EVE Constellation. There were some interesting sights to see. Sadly, due to the high levels of radiation and the dangers present around the collapsed gate, we are unable to approach it. Regardless, the New Eden system itself is still something to see and something I recommend for every capsuleer to take the time out and visit. Be sure to swing by the Dead End system and see the mysterious monolith while you’re in the area. A quick check with Aura and you’ll learn that – “It’s full of stars.”

Dead End Black Monolith

Black Monolith

Now for that time of the month…. Flight statistics

16 Regions completed for a total of 1,278 systems with no ships or pods losses. I’m 23.5% complete with my plan to visit all High, Low, and Null Sec systems of New Eden.

Fly safe!

Central Point IV, Gateway Gate

Central Point IV, Gateway Gate

Planet Hunters in the ‘Verse

18.04.yc116 Jeni < Jatari Constellation < Kor-Azor Region

OOC (Out of character):

Voyager I in the New Eden System

If you’re a fan of EVE Online or SciFi in general, and I’m assuming that you are since you’re here, then there’s probably a better than average chance that you’re a follower of real life space related news. That’s very true in my case. As a child growing up in the 60’s, I remember sitting in my elementary class room and watching NASA’s Apollo missions. At home, I recall watching the original Star Trek series on TV. Both stirred within me the sense, wonder, and awe that is our universe.

Today, with our advances in technology, the advent of the internet, and our ever increasing connectedness, we’re able to do many things that seemed unfathomable in days past. Who would have ever thought that a common person such as myself, could lend a hand or offer services to help in scientific pursuits? I believe the first such joint venture was the SETI at Home program. Where you could lend your personal computing power to aid in the data analysis for possible signals from beyond our solar system.

My character in EVE Online, Katia Sae, has a personal mission to visit every system in the game and record her journey by taking “pictures”, screen shots, of every planet along the way. In real life, like her, I’m offering my time and services to aid in the search for extraterrestrial planets via a website called Planet Hunters. So what is Planet Hunters?

Artist’s impression of the Kepler telescope

On March 7, 2009, NASA launched the Kepler spacecraft as part of their Discovery Program. Its mission was to survey a portion of our region in the Milky Way to discover Earth-sized extrasolar planets in or near the habitable zone of that systems star. The habitable, or Goldilocks, zone is basically an orbital distance around a star that would place a planet not too close as to be too hot, or too far away to be too cold for liquid water to pool on the surface and therefore provide an environment for life to form as we understand it today. The Kepler mission basically takes observational readings of a stars emitted light and looks for dips in the brightness to determine if something, such as a planet, crosses in front of the star.

Basically like how we could measure the sharp decease in light seen by us as our moon eclipses our sun. That’s a drastic example because what Kepler is really looking for is something more along the lines of how we would observe Mercury or Venus transiting across our sun. If you were to measure the light of our sun before the transit, it would be at a higher reading than when one of those planets passes in front of it, even as small of a measurement that loss of light would be. That’s the kind of minute measurements that Kepler’s data is being analyzed for. The interesting thing is, even with our computing power and mathematical analysis that we’re able to perform, there’s nothing like the human eye that can spot patterns where machines fail.

Artist concept of Kepler 186f

That’s where Planet Hunters comes in to play. The data from the Kepler project is visually presented in a manner that allows someone, a volunteer, to see how the brightness of a star changes over time. As of July 2012, over 12 million observations had been analyzed by human eyes and of those, 34 candidate planets had been found that the machines missed. Most amazing of all, two Planet Hunter volunteers found a Neptune-like planet orbiting a four star, double binary, system. That’s two sets of two stars, all orbiting each other, and the planet orbiting them. That’s a really complex solar system and really amazing that they found it simply by looking at the data. As Spock would say, “Fascinating”.

Just this last week on April 17th, 2014, scientist announced Kepler 186f to be the first near Earth sized planet to be found within the “Goldilocks zone” of its star. Now that’s not the first planet found. So far, the Kepler project has found 962 confirmed planets and 2,800 candidates that need to be studied and verified. Those planets have all either been outside the habitable zone, too large, or too small, to be considered as truly Earth like. We may never be able to fully verify that Kepler 186f is truly Earth like because of its 500 light-year distance from us and our current technological ability to study it, but it looks pretty good from what we know so far. It may be possible to positively verify Earth like planets that are closer to us, once we find them, via telescopes that can take temperature and mass measurements or by identifying molecules in their atmospheres.

Kepler186_SystemSo, it would seem at the moment, that possible Earth like planets are 1 in 1,000 or maybe 1 in 500 if you count us. So, when you consider the billions and billions of stars out there…. hmm. The Kepler team has estimated, based on their findings, that there are at least 50 billion planets in the Milky Way with at least 500 million in the habitable zone. That’s just OUR galaxy. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory stated if all galaxies have similar numbers as ours, then there could be sextillion “Earth analog” planets in our universe.

How’s that for a New Eden?

You can read more about the Kepler spacecraft and Planet Hunters via Wikipedia, which has all the links to the resources. Check out this resource of Kepler’s Tally of Planets. It visually shows and compares all of the systems and planets found so far with links to other articles about them. Really cool.

Fly safe!

Our Solar System compared to Kepler-186

PLEX Giveaway Result & CSM9 Election

06.04.yc116 Anath System < Fabai Constellation < Aridia Region

Happy to report that we have a winner of the EVE1K PLEX giveaway contest. I honestly didn’t believe that it would be too difficult, but after a few days watching folks trying and not finding the code, I realized I probably needed to hand out a few hints. Congratulations to XtraCtrl on figuring out the clues and finding the number sequence. The final clue that keyed XtraCtrl in was: “What is Katia’s home system.” Here’s how she went about figuring it out.



Thank you so much for the PLEX! It was fun trying to work out the clues, as soon as I read the ‘about me’ section of your blog I googled Achura bloodlines and came to the conclusion it was Saisio III, I had all 3 versions of the planet open in photoshop looking for watermarks or hidden numbers lol, I even tried inspect element through Google Chrome. I eventually saw the information button and found the sequence and was greatly surprised to see nobody figured it out before me.

I will put this ISK towards learning and dying in PVP. You have made a newbie very happy.

Thank you,

The answer was Saisio III and could be found in a subfolder for that system in the PreDominion expansion images. You can follow this link to see. There were a couple of factors that went into choosing that system. Just as XtraCtrl figured out, it was part of Katia’s lore and it was the very first system that was explored. Like I said, I didn’t want it to be too difficult, the tricky part was checking out the subfolders as well, not just the current images for Saisio.

It was nice getting the positive feedback from many folks that enjoyed looking for the code as well as seeing the images themselves, which is what I was hoping for most of all. Thanks again to everyone that took the time to play. I’ll have to see about doing other contest along the way as I reach future milestones.

Lastly for this post, I wanted to drop a quick reminder to be sure and vote on this upcoming CSM9 election.  If you’re one of those that think your voice isn’t heard — then it certainly isn’t if you don’t vote. Stop for a moment and think about it. If CCP believed that the CSM wasn’t worth it, then they would have done away with the council a long time ago. Just the very fact that they do continue to allow players a voice through an election process to form a council should be enough for everyone to realize just how important it is. It’s come a long way since CSM1 with many learning experiences and growth pains, but in the end, it’s been beneficial for both the players and CCP. By voting, YOU are empowering the players voices to be heard. So please, take a moment and vote. Here’s a list of the approved candidates. The elections will be soon.

Fly smart, fly safe!

EVE1K Systems Explored and PLEX Giveaway

“I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay. Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay”
– “On Top Of The World”, Imagine Dragons

29.03.yc116 Chibi System < Mayonhen Constellation < Aridia Region

“Sittin’ here on my own now, crying my heart out, can’t even see…” Fitting lyrics from one of my favorite Roc Wieler tracks, “Sacrifice”, from “One Night of Roc” that I’m listening to in my quarters on CBD Corporate Storage facility, Chibi VI. It’s both a mixture of satisfied accomplishment and a bitter sweet moment wishing my father could have been alive to witness my 1,000th system explored.

1,000 systems.

The number almost seems improbable, I chuckled to myself thinking, because there are over 5,000 known colonized systems in New Eden. I’m only around 18% done. For those that have been paying attention to my statistics, you may have noticed that the total system count increased by about 200. Reviewing the database with Aura, I realized I had made a logic error during data retrieval and had ended up excluding systems that were non-faction aligned. Oops. Not a major error, but it would have been nice if it had worked in my favor instead of against. Well… that’s New Eden for you, even the database is out to get you.

Let’s run some numbers…

1,000 Systems explored, 13 Regions, no ship or pod losses so far. 8,600+ images in my gallery.

What does 1,000 systems explored look like? You can check my gallery as well to see a progression.

Systems 20140329 - 1k

Skills update…


Tharadin Khardula

Tharadin Khardula

Alright, enough of the details, time for the giveaway. I had already decided when I entered and finished my 1,000th system explored, I would give out 100 million isk among those in system. As it turns out, at the moment I finished, there was only one person in local. Congratulations to Tharadin Khardula of Amarr Industry and Transport [TAITC]. Special thanks to him as well for the offer of future assistance if needed, much appreciated!


Here’s how it’ll work. Somewhere, lost in my gallery, there is a sequence of numbers that can be found. The first person to send me an in game EVE mail with the EXACT planet name as well as the number sequence, will win a PLEX. Please include what high sec or low sec station you would like it delivered to.

Good luck pilots and fly safe!



6 x 9 = 42

“I always said there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe.” – Arthur Dent, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

22.03.yc116 Avaux System < Mallugier Constellation < Placid Region

For years I’ve been exploring the planets of New Eden, taking images, one system at a time. Soon I’ll pass a milestone of 1,000 systems explored. Images are nice, but they don’t really give you a full sense of the beauty that our universe contains. I felt something was lacking, a sense of wonder that should be there, but how was I to capture it. A friend, Zakn, shared with me a time lapsed video of some truly remarkable imagery and the answer to my question finally materialized. I would do a time lapse of a few select New Eden planets. Here’s the finished video. Special thanks to Roc Wieler for the background track, “New Eden” from his album “YC113″.

After putting together the video and reviewing it before publishing, I realized there was something rather odd about the temperate planet Kirras II. The cloud layers were rotating as one would expect, but the planetary body itself, was not. It appeared to be tidally locked! How was that possible? From research and reading I’ve done, I felt that what I was seeing, just couldn’t be true, because if Kirras II were truly tidally locked, it wouldn’t be a temperate planet at all.

Strange as it seemed, the video evidence before me seemed irrefutable, that was until, I ran a full diagnostic and realized I had left a stabilizing filter turned on that basically stilled the image and I ended up only catching the changing weather patterns on a frozen background image of the planet.

I think I need more Quafe!

As it turns out, CCP Manifest replied to a tweet of mine saying…

CCP_Manifest Twitter

I don’t really know anything about Dust 514, but I did some checking around and found that districts play into that. I’m assuming the game mechanic to allow Directors and CEO’s of Dust 514 corporations to select districts brings up a planetary view and there’s some factor of a rotating planet that causes issues with that. Probably some static overlay on the planet surface that would not line up correctly if the planet was always moving.  I knew there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe, but nice to know why.

Keep watching and reading, I’m less than 50 systems away of passing 1,000 systems explored! I’ll run a contest to celebrate and give away a PLEX.

Thanks for following!


Molden Heath Favorites

“I’m lost in paradise.” – “Lost in Paradise”, Evanescence 10.03.yc116 Teonusude < Fittakan Constellation < Molden Heath Time for less talk and more favorite images…   Like this:Like Loading…


PLEX Giveaway, Cosmos, and Whatnot

“We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.” – Carl Sagan

OOC: For those that know me, they know what a huge fan I am of Carl Sagan and the series he hosted, “Cosmos”. I was in high school when it first aired and I was memorized. It was really the first time a scientist of his caliber was able to take such a vast and complex subject and explain it in a way that all could understand. His love for science was only out shown by his desire to share the wonders of the universe with all those that would take the time to listen and learn.

I enjoyed science, having doubled up on it in high school and I loved astronomy, which I took in college, but I never pursued it as a career. Rather, I simply read what I could, watched documentaries, and from time to time, got my telescope out to gaze upon the stars. “Cosmos” sparked my desire to explore, to learn, and to expand my knowledge of the universe not only in an educational way, but also in entertainment. Already a reader of SciFi, my journeys were limited to my own imagination and those of the authors I read. Tabletop roleplaying games took me further and of course, movies and television expanded upon that. But it wasn’t until Eve Online launched, that I felt I was really getting a sense of exploring a far off, dangerous, yet wonderful place, all on my own. So, when folks ask why am I exploring New Eden, one system at time, and not only passing through each star system, but taking a moment to snap images of all the planets, well – blame Carl Sagan.

Tonight, the new “Cosmos” will air simultaneously on 10 different Fox Network channels. The original, of course, is a bit dated now, Carl Sagan has passed on and returned to star stuff, to use his own words. So it remains to be seen if this new series will have the charm that the original did. I plan on watching it with my son, who’s soon to be in high school, and I hope it lives up to my expectations and inspires another generation of explorers.

With that in mind and in honor of my return to Eve Online as well as the new “Cosmos” airing, I updated a video I had done a few years ago. Now maybe you understand why I chose the somewhat dated, maybe campy, yet full of charm narration that I chose. Carl Sagan from “Cosmos” Episode 7: “The Backbone of Night”. I hope you enjoy it.

Now, on to the real reason you’re probably wanting to read this post. Soon I will be passing 1,000 systems explored. I’m currently at 842 systems across 10 regions of New Eden with over 7,000 images in my gallery. When I pass the 1k star systems explored mark, I plan on running a contest and will give away 1 PLEX to the winner. So keep reading and following for details. Good luck!

Unfinished Business


“They say it’s what you make. I say it’s up to fate.
It’s woven in my soul. I need to let you go.”
– “Demons”, Imagine Dragons

01.03.yc116 Rens System < Ortner Constellation < Heimatar Region

Katie SaeImmortality… As capsuleers, the theory is, we live forever. Until recently, I hadn’t given it much thought. So far, the process to become a capsuleer, an immortal, happened in the blink of an eye. I remember being prepped at the cloning facility. The attendants smiling and congratulating me for passing the Caldari State War Academy qualification. In order to begin the pilot training your first clone is created with the necessary implants and connections to establish your link to the ship as well as enabling your ability to learn skills much, much faster. It’s odd, at least to me, to become immortal, you have to die. The process of scanning and copying your brain… well… destroys it. I remember being sedated, the cold infusion of medicine into my blood stream causing me to go into a deep slumber, my eyes heavy, breath swallow, thoughts drifting to my family and friends. Then I awoke, blinked, and I was in my new clone body.

I felt the same… yet… different. There are many options available for your clone body, keeping or rather recreating, blemishes and scars, tanning of skin, and so on. You can change any aspect about yourself: hair, eye color, body shape, if you wanted. I had decided to be – me – but without the scars. I did have them create my birthmark. The location of which I’ll not mention here. Wanting to see for myself, I lifted my right hand before my eyes, flexed my fingers and looked, but not finding, the ugly scar where I had broken my index finger as a child and the bone had broken through the skin. Over time, I realized that not only had the scar been removed, but the bones, these new clone bones, had never been broken, so the occasional ache or irritating catch when I bent my finger were entirely gone.

But the definition of “immortal” states: not subject to death or decay; having perpetual life. Am I truly “immortal”?

Which leads me to where have I been these last couple of years. I had begun my exploration journey several years ago after graduating and completing my tour of duty with the State War Academy. After completing fifteen percent of my expedition of New Eden, I received word that my father was in poor health. I loved my father very much and when the physicians said he didn’t have much longer to live, I knew I had to be there with him. So, I abandoned my journey and stayed by his side for the next year until his eventual passing. It was then my immortality came into question. I realized my father was the first of what would be many family and friends whom I’d outlive. I would watch them all grow old, while I would be forever young, then one by one they would be gone and I would be alone.

For another year, I dealt with the pain and grief of losing my father, the guilt of potentially outliving my family and friends, and spending every waking moment with them that I could, as if it were their last day to live. But what I found during that time was their love and support for me, to go and live my dream, to explore my journey, and to move on with my life. That even as a capsuleer, nothing is set in stone. There are mishaps and unrecoverable incidents that can cause a capsuleers consciousness to fail to transfer to a new clone. We can die too.

Are we then, as capsuleers, truly “immortal”? No. Our immortality starts with death. Our lives are not perpetual. They are interrupted with deaths and transfers as our clone bodies are destroyed by the hazards of space or decay with time to the point we need another.

So, it is with my loved ones encouragement that I continue my exploration of New Eden to see the stars and the planets there in. I go with their love and support that I will always have in life as well as in death. I don’t know how long I have to live, but then again, who does? It’s time I continue with my unfinished business.

I love you Dad, but it’s time I let you go.

Katia Sae