Elite Dangerous: Horizons is a massive space simulation game that includes a 1:1 scale of our Milky Way galaxy based on real astronomical data. The game includes approximately 400 billion star systems. So, there’s a very big galaxy for players to explore in Elite! That game’s Milky Way includes many interesting star systems, planets, and moons with some amazing things to see. These are some of the more notable places to visit in Elite Dangerous: Horizons.
Sol is our native Solar System in the year 3307. The biggest attraction of that star system is, of course, planet Earth. Alas, you can’t land on Earth; but flying around our planet’s orbit alone is a sight to behold. Furthermore, there are numerous tourist beacons scattered around Earth’s orbit, such as the Cradle of Humanity. Those beacons chronicle the future history of Earth and the Federation faction in Elite Dangerous.
Mars is also a notable planet of interest in Sol. In Elite Dangerous: Horizons, Mars is no longer a red planet. Mars is a terraformed planet that includes the Olympic Village capital of the Federation. Tourist beacons scattered around Mars chronicle mankind’s relocation to and terraforming of that planet.
However, don’t be in too much of a hurry to fly to Sol. You’ll need a Sol permit to jump into that star system. You can acquire a Sol permit by reaching the rank of Petty Officer within the Federal Navy.
2. LHS 304
LHS 304 is a notable star system to visit because of the DA white dwarf star it includes. A white dwarf is a collapsed star core that has two diametrically opposed light blue jet cones on both sides of its center. You’ll see this white dwarf as soon as you enter LHS 304 after jumping. It’s one of the more spectacular sights in the Milky Way. As LHS 304 is just 43.97 light-years from Sol, it’s not too far from the starter Pilot Federation star systems in Elite Dangerous.
You can also do a bit of FSD supercharging at this white dwarf and others, which increases ships’ maximum jump ranges by 50 percent. To do that, you’ll need to have a ship equipped with a Fuel Scoop. If you do, you can FSD supercharge your spaceship at LHS 304 by supercruising into one of its jet cones for a few seconds.
3. Jackson’s Lighthouse
Jackson’s Lighthouse is the closest star system to Sol with a neutron star. A neutron star is the stellar remnant of a former massive supergiant star. A neutron star looks quite similar to a white dwarf, but it has different jet cones. So, this neutron star is an equally spectacular sight to LHS 304’s white dwarf.
This neutron star can also be utilized for FSD supercharging in much the same way as a white dwarf. However, a neutron star can boost your ship’s jump range by 300 percent instead of 50. Thus, you can get a much bigger jump range increase at Jackson’s Lighthouse. Be careful though, as FSD supercharging can a bit perilous!
4. Mount Neverest: Planet Nervi 3 A
Do you want to see a massive mountain that makes Mount Everest look like a plains hill in comparison? If so, head to planet Nervi 3 A in the Nervi star system. That planet includes Mount Neverest, which is one of the highest mountains discovered in Elite Dangerous. Mount Neverest rises more than 50 kilometers, and it’s so high you’ll still be above the orbital cruise dropout point when you fly to its summit.
Mount Neverest is visible on its planetary map and from Nervi 3 A’s orbit. So, it’s quite easy to find this mountain behemoth. You can land your ship on flat parts of this mountain to take an SRV for a spin.
5. Sagittarius A
Black holes are among the most amazing things to see in the universe. They don’t get much more amazing than the black hole at Sagittarius A. That star system includes the only known Supermassive Blackhole in the Milky Way. This extra massive black hole is the real Galatic Center of the Milky Way, which makes it an even more amazing sight. Note, however, that Elite Dangerous has a game mechanic that stops players from flying into black holes.
Sagittarius A is about 25-26,000 light-years from Sol. So, it might be a very long trip for some pilots. Nevertheless, it’s well worth making the trip for pilots who are a little closer to Sagittarius A.
6. Thargoid Structure: Planet B 1 C of the HIP 19026 star system
The Thargoids are an alien race in Elite Dangerous that we’re at war with. There are more than 200 Thargoid Surface Sites you can visit in Elite Dangerous. The most notable is the one at planet B 1 C, in the HIP 19026 star system, which was the first discovered in the game.
This structure’s exact coordinates are LAT -17.9526: LONG -152.6844. However, you might not need coordinates to find it as this structure is visible from planetary orbit. This Thargoid Surface Site is one of an immense scale with some terrific visual effects and atmospheric sound effects to boot. Yes, there are a few alien lifeforms there too! It’s worth taking an SRV for a spin at this alien landmark.
7. Ancient Ruins: Moon 1 B in Synuefe XR-H d11-102 star system
The Guardians are an extinct alien race in Elite Dangerous Horizons, and you can visit numerous Guardian Ancient Ruin sites in the Milky Way. Check out the first discovered Ancient Ruins site on moon 1 B in the Synuefe XR-H d11-102 star system. The exact coordinates of the first Ancient Ruins site are -31.7877 -128.9711. Note that you’ll need a discovery scanner equipped to ship to see moon 1 B on the system map.
All the Ancient Ruins sites are the remnants of Guardian communication networks. They include Relic Towers, Obelisks prism structures, and artifact cairns. Players can collect artifacts from Ancient Ruin sites, which can be sold, and scoop relics from Relic Towers. This Canonn research group page includes a full list of Guardian Ancient Ruin site locations.
The engineer Ram Tah provides an Ancient Ruin decryption program for spaceships that dock within the Meene system. That decryption program enables players to pursue a data decryption quest at ruin sites. Mr. Tah will stump up one million credits for each decrypted data item.
8. Site 94: Planet A 2 d at HIP 19284 A 2 star system
Planets in Elite Dangerous: Horizons include a multitude of settlements that you can land at and explore with an SRV. Site 94, on planet A 2 d (coordinates -19.0622, -99.4450) within the HIP 19284 system, is among the more interesting places to visit in Elite Dangerous: Horizons. Site 94 is an abandoned mining settlement that’s been attacked by Thargoid aliens. There you can shoot mining extractors to collect minerals and read through discovered logs that provide further details about the alien attack at Site 94.
9. Collection of Wonders: Skaude AA-A H294
Skaude AA-A H294 is an Elite Dangerous star system that’s otherwise known as the Collection of Wonders. That’s because the Collection of Wonders includes an amazing assortment of celestial bodies few other star systems can match. There you can see a massive ringed M-class star, which has its own tourist beacon. This system has spectacular ringed white dwarf and neutron stars that really sparkle. If that’s not enough, you can also fly to two black holes in Skaude AA-A H294! With such wonders, Skaude AA-A H294 is an incredible star system.
Those are nine places to visit in Elite Dangerous: Horizons that are well worth noting. However, there are many more amazing destinations to discover within the Elite universe. So, don’t stop exploring the Milky Way after you’ve visited those locations.