Carina Rush
Eta Carina Nebula
Image from NASA ESA Public domain image
Eta Carinae Nebula ( credit Hubble space telescope NASA / ESA public domain image)

Vast new volume opened up by an alien wormhole three thousand light-years long, in the direction of the Eta Carinae Nebula.

Many believe there is a great secret in the Eta Carinae nebula. While sober minds dismiss this, many expeditions have been sent to the region and there is a notable expansionism along the spiral arm towards the star and nebula. Thanks to the wormhole discovered in 6601 A.T. at Oh-F-Star-4 the first relativistic ships should reach the goal about now. In the meantime, several small but ambitious exploration projects are setting up colonies along the arm. The Rush has no formal structure and contains everything from religious zealots hoping to awaken the Supernova God, as well as researchers and xenopaleologists, and businessbeings recognizing a gold rush when they see it.

The Rush really took off after the fall of the local exploration authority. With the disappearance of a local regulatory body that limited expansion, exploration and profit-seeking initiatives multiplied.

One of the main nodes of this volume is Oh-F-Star-4 near NGC 3247, the Whirling Dervish Nebula. Oh-F-Star-4 is an F4 star named due to an obscure literary pun/reference to an Age of Expansion satire of the 2100's AT, suggested by the exploration AI. It would go unnoticed, if it were not for the fact that it is close to the main means of transportation and communication in the region, the Tunnler wormhole that leads to a network in the direction Eta Carinae. Oh-F-Star-4 is the gateway to the Rush, trying to become something like Tunh once was.

Many fear that when Eta Carinae is found to be just another supernova candidate it will lose its relevance or suffer major disruptions by disappointed sects, but the local government claims they will weather all problems.

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Text by Anders Sandberg
Initially published on 24 October 2001.