G.H. Subproject 3: Atlas - Stellar Research

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The subject of this article is from the Living Ship update.
The information from this article is is up-to-date as of 6 April, 2020.

This article was documented by the Galactic Hub.

A subproject of the Galactic Hub Project.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Subproject 3: Atlas - Stellar Research, or just Subproject Atlas, is the third official subproject of the Galactic Hub Project. Initially launched in May 2017, the subproject was rebooted in April 2020, and expanded to identify Celestial Observatory Planets within all civilizations.

Purpose[edit | edit source]

The purpose of Subproject Atlas is to gain a better understanding of stellar clusters, better known as Regions, in No Man's Sky.

Additionally, this subproject seeks to identify specific planetary locations where the home-regions of various civilizations can be spotted in the night sky.

Specific Goals[edit | edit source]

Categorize Region Shapes[edit | edit source]

Certain regions share a shape. Aside from temporary bugs, these regions are not known to ever change their shape. For example, Rentocnii Conflux (formerly Rentocniijik Expanse) and Ocopad (formerly Ocopadica) are the same shape. This Youtube video shows the Uloselounti Adjunct, another similar region. Overall shaped somewhat like a mushroom cloud, it is divided into two sections: the lower, more organized/layered "tree" section, and the upper, more disorganized/scattered "cloud" section.

At first glance, other regions seem to be random/amorphous. However, it's possible that there are patterns to these all or some of these regions which are simply less evident than the "mushroom cloud" regions. This project seeks to either identify and categorize additional shapes, or confirm that there are no meaningful patterns outside of "mushroom cloud" regions.

This subproject seeks to categorize the shared shape of as many regions as possible. Researchers should use image editing programs to trace the outline of a region. If you discover a pattern, you get naming rights - but try to be confident of a pattern. It is possible, after all, that the "mushroom cloud" regions are the only pattern.

Find a Celestial Observatory Planet[edit | edit source]

A lesser-known fact about NMS is that the night sky is an actual picture of the surrounding stars for that star system. This is easily confirmed after you go to the Center or the "Outer Edge," where large portions of the sky have no stars.

The Amino Hub was the first to discover this, and the Galactic Hub also identified multiple such locations in previous updates. However, these locations are poorly documented as of the Living Ship update. This subproject seeks to document these locations thoroughly and, if desired by the resident civilization, identify a site for the construction of a Celestial Observatory base. This base should block out a majority of the night sky where the region in question cannot be seen, and contain a message explaining the best time of day to view the region in the sky.

Although any planet with a clear view of an applicable region in the night sky can be designated as a Celestial Observatory planet, Barren / Dead planets or moons are preferable due to minimal visual interference from the atmosphere. In other words, it's easier to see the stars all day and night on Dead worlds.

Results[edit | edit source]

Categorize Region Shapes[edit | edit source]

NOTE: Some images are from old updates. However, region shapes haven't changed, so the results are still valid. Only the colors of the surrounding space may be different.

Star Clusters and Constellations[edit | edit source]

Find a Celestial Observatory Planet[edit | edit source]

  • Locate a Celestial Observatory Planet as described under "Specific Goals," where the home-region of any civilization is clearly visible.
  • Document the system coordinates, planetary coordinates, and approximate compass direction / best time to view the region in the sky.

Pictures From Planet Surface[edit | edit source]

Current Update Images[edit | edit source]

Old Update Images[edit | edit source]

Pic Description Credit
Ocopadicaview2.jpg The view of Ocopadica from the top of cloud on planet Solitopia, system SpaceArtGek Base - AH
Ocopadicaviewlabeled.jpg The labeled view of Ocopadica from the planet Solitopia
Arechovsh-Lavo Stryk Surface.png The view of the tree portion of the Rentocniijik Expanse, though upside down. System: HUB6-K-203 Muse.
Rento Skyvinn.png The same as the picture to the left, but with outlines and names of certain stars.
Rento 57Dynasty.jpg View of the Rentocniijik Expanse from HUB5-V-B7 Pavaab (HUB5-V-B7 Admou Ghaki on PS4), original discoverer of this view. (PC with dark space mod) 57Dynasty (Reddit)
Rento DoctorXI2.jpg View of Rento. Expanse from Pavaab/Admou Ghaki, first to spot and mark the view on PS4, after Dynasty shared its location. DoctoXI2 (Reddit)
Rento 7101334.jpg View of Rento. Expanse from Pavaab/Admou Ghaki. The Communications Station has directions on how to spot the Expanse for yourself, written using the NMS Lore Vault. 7101334 (Reddit)
Rento 7101334 highlighted.png View of Rento. Expanse from Pavaab/Admou Ghaki, highlighted. 7101334 (Reddit)