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Elite: Dangerous sent a poet to explore the deepest reaches of space

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

By this point you should be aware that Elite: Dangerous essentially has the largest gameworld created for any game ever. In fact, it has realistically modeled our entire galaxy, some 400 billion star systems in all. Over the past few months the team behind it has made some remarkable graphical improvements, including enhanced detail in celestial bodies like stars.

The Elite: Dangerous player known as Commander Dr. Kaii has an amazing series of videos to share, all about his explorations of our galaxy. The first episode, above, features a tour of the largest solar body known to man, a star 1,420 times the size of our own sun, Sol.

Just a few minutes in, it turns into a life-and-death struggle against gravity. Paired with what appears to be his Oculus set up it's really quite something, and add to that the gorgeous soundtrack and Dr. Kaii's sparse subtitles, it approaches the sublime.

Elite: Dangerous has a new update in the works, called Powerplay, featuring a revamped mission system and a new persistent set of factions. Expect more from Polygon on that front soon.

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