HR 6819 (a.k.a. QV Telescopii) has been in the news recently. There you can find the closest known black hole.
It is located about 8.5 Sectors away in the coreward direction. Maybe in the Veg Fergakh Sector, Dfotseth, Irugangog, Finggvakhou or the Zortakh Sector. (that you can find at the Traveller Map).
But when I turn on the experiments at Traveller Map and looks at the stars, I cannot see any blue stars in these sectors. So, in order not to mess with the data at Traveller Map, I suggest that QV Telescopii is placed just coreward of these sectors.
A scientific expedition to QV Telescopii could be an epic adventure. Start in Antares Sector. Go through the Julian Protectorate and then Third Empire of Gashikan to avoid most of the Vargr Extents. Then go through a sector that is mostly unpopulated until the goal is reached.
What will happen at QV Telescopii. Maybe there is already a Gashikan (or Vargr) mining station there that is collecting the valuable remains (diamonds, precious metals and superheavy elements) of the blown-up star (that is now the black hole) that has been trapped by the gravitation of the two blue giants. Maybe they don’t want an Imperial exploration vessel here.
So, after the space combat with the Gashikans, the exploration ship is chased out of the system, and back to the Imperium. Better not take the easy route through the Third Empire of Gashikan on the way home.
On this day (19 October 1979) , 40 years ago, the albums One Step Beyond… by Madness and the album The Specials by the Specials were released. (Read more here.) This is an ATU subsector map I made to celebrate this:
#PlanetName Loc. UPP Code B Notes Z PBG Al
#---------- ---- --------- - --------------- - --- --
Bedders 0913 B788130-9 Lo Ni 134 Ll
Buster 1015 B562595-6 S Ni 401 Na
Dekker 0915 C472579-6 S Ni 120 Na
Barso 1012 C642574-5 Ni Po 602 Ll
Jerry 1017 A620463-9 2 De Ni Po 510 Ck
Kix 1113 E566583-7 Ag Ni 205 Ll
Roddy 1118 E320651-8 De Na Po 110 Ck
Suggs 1414 A542134-8 N Lo Ni Po 403 Ll
Chas 1214 E575200-3 Lo Ni A 102 Ll
Neville 1218 C764567-8 Ag Ni 200 Ck
Woody 1312 B986347-7 N Lo Ni 414 Ll
Terry 1416 A366200-E N Lo Ni 110 Ck
Lynval 1317 D568574-2 S Ag Ni 103 Ck
Brad 1320 B588233-9 N Lo Ni 124 Ck
Chrissy 1512 B542433-7 N Ni Po 602 Ll
Horace 1517 B49A78A-D N Wa 704 Ck
Dread 1615 X59A888-1 Wa R 804 Na
A Message to You, Rudy
Do the Dog
It's Up to You
Doesn't Make It Alright
(Dawning of A) New Era
Too Much Too Young
You're Wondering Now
One Step Beyond
Night Boat to Cairo
Land of Hope and Glory
In The Middle of The Night
Bed and Breakfast Man
Razor Blade Alley
Rockin' in A?
Chipmunks Are Go!
For a game in the not too distant future or maybe for the 2300AD. The Baltic Loop is a vactrain that can travel at supersonic speeds.
The distance between the stations are only 2-3 minutes. The train runs in both directions. 4 trains runs in each direction. This means that a new train arrives at the station every 9 minutes.
The Island Games is held on Gotland, Åland and Saaremaa. The participants from many other island arrive by air in Helsinki or Stockholm. Now the PCs must help one confused team to go to the correct island using the Baltic loop.
The Baltic Loop is closed down one day to try to set a speed record (and beat the Californian HyperLoop). Agents from the Californian HyperLoop tries to sabotage the record attempt. The PCs must help with the record attempt and stop the Californian agents.
Courland has just become an independent nation. The Latvian flag has to be replaced on every sign at the loop. Latvian agents are trying to sabotage this. Polish agents turn the Courland flags upside down to make them look like the Polish flag. The PCs must stop the Latvian and Polish agents.