Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Watching Wormholes Wobble

Another day, another dscan.  Dscan is clear as I log in.  But the probe scanner shows five signatures in my home system.  When I last checked, it was one.  So, it looks like we may have visitors.  Only one way to find out.  I pop probes and start scanning.

The first sig I resolve  is a wormhole, but by its signature strength it is not a K162.  Therefore almost certain to be our static.  I don't fly to it yet because it is possible (though unlikely) that none of the other signatures are wormholes.  And I do not want to unzip mindlessly.  Three more sigs are new gas sites.

Imagine this wobbling (image from Penny)
The last is a second wormhole, and by the fact that I get my 100% resolution at 1 AU probe distance, I know it is in the K162 strength range, and thus must be a K162.  (There are no wormholes with 10% signature strength that can appear in any C4 system other than K162s.)   Since it must be open (being a K162), I am not unzipping any further than I already am by flying to it.  I fly to it.  I find a K162 as expected.  It's blue going to lower wspace -- it's a C2.  And it's wobbling away, end of life.  Well, that's too bad.  C2a will have a highsec connection and we really need to do some logistics.  But not with an EOL wormhole.

Now I check my PI to see if I need to move goo, which is best done as zipped up as possible.  I don't need to do anything.  Great.  I'll instantiate our static and see if I can get a route to highsec that way.  I fly over to the static, being careful to align first so I have the maximum time to get into the next system.  I am in my Manticore; perhaps I will be lucky and surprise someone.  But, no.  The static, like the C2, is in EOL.  Evidently the C2 people searched it down and instantiated it 12+ hours ago.

This sucks.  No way out of my system other than EOL wormholes which I do not know the timing of.  They might pop in a minute, or in five hours.  No way to know, or even to get a decent idea, other than to recall the timing of my last static, but I deleted that bookmark already.

I could use mass to pop the static wormhole to recreate it.  But I am not so keen to play tonight as to want to pop wormholes by myself.  And the thing should vanish on its own if I just wait, on average, 2 hours.  I'll just read a book while I sit watching the C2, which ought to evaporate first.   Bye, EVE, I'll have an eye on you right over here.

It's about 7:30 now.  

8:30.  Wormhole still there.

9:30.  Wormhole still there.  It's kind of running longer than I had expected.  But now it must be short time.

10:30.  Wormhole still there.

11:00.  Shurrrrp!  The wormhole is gone.  Finally!  If I had known how long it was going to be... but I didn't.  No use backprojecting how I'd live differently if I was able to know things about the future. 

1 comment:

  1. You could have borrowed one of our pilots. Although he claims it's just confirmation bias, it seems that dying wormholes tend to collapse within two minutes of his jumping through.