Which direction is the best way to go if you were to have to leave Sol and travel 500 ly away to find habitable planets to set up long term colonies?
Towards the core through the Orion-Cygnus Arm?
Towards the Carina-Sagitarius Arm?
Is there any difference in the direction?
This takes place in roughly 2300 CE.
We have FTL drive capable of 10c, but it's not used for exploration much. Originally several ships were sent off to check out worlds for habitability near by when FTL became available, but that program ceased/went ignored when we found the first habitable world... which we promptly colonized. All or most ships with FTL mainly do work in the Sol system with some sending colonist to this 2nd world and returning with goods (I think this actually stopped by this time due to other things, but not important here. I forget the exact timeline off the top of my head.)
The FTL Space telescope I asked about in another question would be about 2000 Lightyears out at this point maximum with non-stop flight, so they're probably a little closer in than that.
The colony ship is actually 5 colony ships that want to settle on separate but relatively close by planets ^.^
The trip takes 50 years. They are going the max speed things can go for them. They may have sent "probes" out 5 to 10 years prior.
This isn't an "urgency" thing, but more of a political, get away from the morons thing, They could theoretically last forever out there without landing on a planet, but we like planets so want to colonize new worlds and set up to build a new civilization.
There are supposed danger zones and a "galactic habitable zone". I'm just not sure where they are. They know there are habitable planets out there, but not where they are. Suppose they know what we know more or less, but want to randomly come across these worlds which way would they go? Or is 500 ly not significant enough of a distance to enter a danger zone/exit the habitable zone?