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Summary

Examine, gather data and understand the spatial and temporal relationship and geography between k-space (New Eden cluster) and w-space (Anoikis) locations by finding objects in common in their skies through study of stellar spectra, x-ray and radio signals and use of synchronized but separated clocks. These items taken together can answer the questions of where and when w-space is relative to New Eden (and if those values are changing).

Introduction

Anoikis has been open to capsuleers for over two years now. Capsuleers have long developed the infrastructure necessary to exploit the resources of Anoikis while defending themselves from the Sleepers. Indeed, in some ways, Anoikis is little different from the New Eden cluster. However, despite the ever-increasing number of capsuleers that inhabit Anoikis, little is actually known about Anoikis space. The most obvious demonstration of our lack of knowledge is that we don't even precisely where Anoikis (more colloquially known as w-space) is in relation to New Eden, either spatially or temporally. Project Compass, under the Arek'Jaalan umbrella, attempts to determine that precise question.

This question is of critical interest to any further exploration of w-space. Project Compass looks to answer the question of where Anoikis lies in relation to the New Eden cluster. Such a determination lays the foundation for further work determining the topology of the New Eden cluster, including determining the relation of Anoikis systems in relation to each other, as well as determining the pattern, if any, to wormhole distribution between both New Eden and Anoikis. Before these questions can be answered, however, Anoikis must first be located. Although it is a relatively simplistic project as proposed, Project Compass is of critical importance.

Experiment Outline

Locate Anoikis in both spatial and temporal reference to contemporary New Eden. Results should help to determine both distance and relative direction of Anoikis, as well as whether it is temporally displaced, indicating whether wormhole travel involves both space and time travel.

Research Aims

  • Determine distance of Anoikis systems from New Eden, if possible.
  • Determine whether Anoikis systems are themselves separated by considerable distances, or whether they are located near each other.
  • Determine whether Anoikis operates at a different temporal pace from New Eden.
  • Determine whether Anoikis is separated temporally from New Eden.

Literature Review

WORK NEEDED

Methodology

Due to the two overarching aims of this project - locating Anoikis both spatially and temporally - the Project has been bifurcated into two differing subprojects.

Distant Stellar Object Data Capture

In astronomy, it is well-known that many stellar and extra-galactic sources have certain unique "fingerprints" in their spectra. This is due to unique chemical compositions in either near-source objects (i.e. stars, nebulae, or other objects generally within the same galactic system that can be individually analyzed, particularly focusing on pulsars and other easily identifiable sources), or far-source objects (i.e. other galaxies, quasars, or other objects where individual stars generally cannot be distinguished).

The Distant Stellar Object Data Capture (DSODC) method relies on being able to identify distant objects by their unique spectra. If the same objects can be identified in both New Eden and Anoikis space, and the distance to the object and the respective systems ascertained, simple geometry can be used to determine the relative spatial locations of Anoikis and New Eden. Although multiple identifiable objects would be preferred, even one identifiable source would help to establish a range of distances between Anoikis and New Eden.

Phase One

Phase one of the DSODC will involve getting full-sky broad-spectrum data from as many wormhole sources as possible. Normal shipboard equipment, standard to all camera drones, can be used for the initial data gather. Ideally, data will be captured from random representatives of all wormhole classes.

While standard ship equipment may be sufficient to find the needed stellar spectra, specialized equipment may become necessary. Specialized equipment such as spectrographic equipment may be needed to gather information from dimmer sources. Such equipment is, as of now, not available for fitting to ships, and may need to be developed from planetside laboratories.

Phase One is nearing completion and Phase Two review by Eifyr has been requested. Please see Project Compass Spectrographs for the growing library of capture data.

Phase Two

Once data is acquired, it will need to be uploaded to the Eifyr central database for analysis. Standard comparative analysis can be completed through Eifyr's computer systems to see if any objects can be identified from Anoikis that is also identifiable from New Eden.

Astrophysicists and other experts in spectroscopic analysis should be on-hand to verify any matches identified by the computer analysis.

Time Dilation Measurement

It has been theorized that Anoikis may operate at a different temporal pace than New Eden. In order to discover the veracity of this hypothesis, it has been proposed to take Time Dilation Measurements.

Such an experiment is fairly simple. Precision clocks mounted on capsuleer ships will be synchronized to clocks in Eram or other baseline measurements for Youil Standard Time. Ships would then be sent through the wormhole, preferably spending as much time in w-space as possible. Once the ships return, the shipboard clocks will be compared to the baseline clocks to see if there are any noticeable differences between the two that cannot be otherwise accounted for.

Analysis of the differences by physicists and cosmologists may help to determine whether time operates at a different pace in Anoikis, or even whether Anoikis exists in a different time from contemporary New Eden.

Time Frame

Distant Stellar Object Data Capture

  • Phase One
    • Please see Project Compass Spectrographs for capture data.
    • Enlisting capsuleer assistance (in-progress)
    • Gathering broad-spectrum full-sky data from shipboard equipment from as many systems as possible (in-progress)
    • Developing specialized spectrographic equipment (pending)
  • Phase Two
    • Analysis of data (Preliminary analysis: COMPLETE.)

Time Dilation Measurement

  • Data gathering (in-progress, no set deadline)

Budget and Assistance Required

  • CA support to manage incoming data on both subprojects
  • Support to build specialized data-gathering equipment

Preliminary Results

Initial analysis from DSODC has been completed. While not definitive, results are compelling. Based on the Author's analysis, two major conclusions have been drawn:

  1. First, that Anoikis is located near to the New Eden cluster (within a few hundred light years), in a halo surrounding New Eden, based on spectroscopic and parallax analysis.
  2. Also, that Anoikis and New Eden are both probably located within either an elliptical or irregular galaxy. This conclusion is based on observed stellar densities and homogeneity of the stellar background in both New Eden and Anoikis.

Full analysis of the results can be found here, while all data can be found here.

Current Status

Preliminary results have been completed, as noted above. However, recent advances have altered the basic scope of the Project. Please see here for more information.