Widespread rumors of visions of an exploding star are being investigated throughout the Core Sector by Imperial Intelligence operatives. It has become increasingly clear that these visions are in reference to the Antares system. Descriptions of the visionary experience that have been made public match the descriptions of the Antares System (see below).
The view from the planet is impressive. Despite being at a distance of 2000 AU, Antares itself is still a red-tinged disk about half the size of Earth’s sun in the sky (16 arc-minutes 45 arc-seconds). The B4 V Companion Star is a brilliant blue-white dot 5 arc-seconds across, that ventures a maximum of 29 degrees from Antares in the sky as it progresses on its millennia long orbit. Right now, the Companion is about 20 degrees to the right of Antares, on the same side of the supergiant as the Dwarf, and the Antares-Companion pair is tilted by about 40 degrees relative to the flat horizon because of the inclination of the Dwarf’s orbit around the pair.
The Dwarf itself is a huge dimly glowing red orb, streaked with dimly visible dark bands (iron/silicon clouds). It appears 10 times larger in its moon’s sky than the sun and moon are in the Earth’s sky (nearly 5 degrees in size). It spins around its axis once every 6.5 hours and has a slightly flattened appearance. If one was to stand on the Planet’s actual equator (i.e. in the plane of its orbit around the Dwarf), one would see the dark bands on the Dwarf oriented parallel to the horizon. At the Planet’s geographic poles (not the hot/cold poles) the bands would be oriented at 90 degrees to the Horizon. In between, the angle of rotation of the bands depends on what geographical latitude you’re at (same thing happens with the Moon on Earth). Thus the bands can be used as a navigational aid to determine roughly what latitude you’re at.
The entire sky is suffused with a dim (to the naked eye, but shows up spectacularly in photographs) amber yellow-orange glow, caused by light reflecting from gas shed by Antares in the past. This diffuse gas cloud extends many lightyears beyond the Dwarf.
Although tidally locked, there is a day/night cycle equal to the Planet’s orbital period around the Dwarf, as Antares and the Companion rise and set in the sky. However, the temperature changes from Antares and the Companion are barely noticeable." (Malefant)
The Antares System has been declared a Red Zone by the Travellers Aid Society as a result of a disturbing absence of traffic from the system. Surrounding systems report that all scheduled trade and travel has ceased, and all efforts to reach the Antares system have failed to return. The Imperial Navy, the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service, and the Travellers Aid Society have declared Antares off-limits and warned that attempts to reach it will result in certain death.
If the star Antares has truly gone supernova, as evidence now suggests, then surrounding systems are in danger as well. Imperial scientists are now debating the likely range of the (suspected) Antares supernova, and panic among the populace has been reported on both Gardanina and Ukuu.
There have been a large number of arrests following the announcement of visions by Imperial citizens. Following the announcements of these arrests for probable psionic activities, many reported visionaries have vanished from the public eye. Imperial authorities continue their search for probable psionic operatives hiding within the populace.