Elite Dangerous simulates some of the most dazzling sights in the Milky Way. Rick Lane’s virtual tour guide explains where to see them
Elite Dangerous simulates a galaxy of 400 billion stars. The majority of these stars’ systems are procedurally generated by algorithms based on our scientific knowledge of how space works. But 160,000 of these systems are based on real stars that can be seen from Earth, be it in the night sky, or using powerful telescopes. What’s more, because of Elite’s scientific basis, you get a fairly accurate representation of how these stars look in terms of positioning, scale and hue. From barely luminescent brown dwarfs to planet-eating red giants, these stars are orbited by planets, which in turn are orbited by moons.