The first Trials Rising DLC, Sixty Six, was released months before the discoveries of the yellow and red rooms and consequent conclusion* to the Temple of Trials room were made! The focus of the community was still on find those things so any solid hunting efforts remained largely on the base game tracks!
However, after the discoveries and conclusion* to Temple of Trials it was time for a hunt on the Sixty Six DLC tracks. The first discovery on a DLC track was made by a new riddler and made for such a fruitful and huge event 🙂 the rider posted a screenshot of their discovery with a accompanying message asking if they had found anything of significance… If only they knew what was about to kick off and how their discovery would lead to another three being made in the next few hours!
The first secret discovered was the Golden Chicken on Across the Canyon. A rider noticed a chicken sat near a sign with the number 66. Using the “certain number of faults mechanism to hide secrets” knowledge, they bailed out to get 66 faults and proceeded to bailout into the area in front of the chicken. Low and behold they discovered the following.
The sign shows one of the Planck Collaboration Cosmological parameters, Curvature fluctuation amplitude, k0 = 0.002 Mpc−1
This is linked to the ΛCDM (Lambda cold dark matter) or Lambda-CDM model is a parametrization of the Big Bang cosmological model in which the universe contains three major components: first, a cosmological constant denoted by Lambda (Greek Λ) and associated with dark energy; second, the postulated cold dark matter (abbreviated CDM); and third, ordinary matter. It is frequently referred to as the standard model of Big Bang cosmology because it is the simplest model that provides a reasonably good account of the following properties of the cosmos:
- the existence and structure of the cosmic microwave background
- the large-scale structure in the distribution of galaxies
- the abundances of hydrogen (including deuterium), helium, and lithium
- the accelerating expansion of the universe observed in the light from distant galaxies and supernovae
The model assumes that general relativity is the correct theory of gravity on cosmological scales. It emerged in the late 1990s as a concordance cosmology, after a period of time when disparate observed properties of the universe appeared mutually inconsistent, and there was no consensus on the makeup of the energy density of the universe.
Only minutes later another rider posted a screenshot of a Tandem bike decal on the back of the concrete plinth near the end of Rocky Mountaineer. A skilled solo Tandem rider loaded up his stream, mounted his trusty steed and set to climb the mountain! The struggle to climb the mountain is a tough call but he answered it within 10 minutes or so and we had the following screenshot to admire.
The sign shows the 2015 Planck Mission’s determining of the Hubble Constant.
The value of the Hubble constant is estimated by measuring the redshift of distant galaxies and then determining the distances to the same galaxies (by some other method than Hubble’s law). Uncertainties in the physical assumptions used to determine these distances have caused varying estimates of the Hubble constant.
The observations of astronomer Walter Baade led him to define distinct “populations” for stars (Population I and Population II). The same observations led him to discover that there are two types of Cepheid variable stars. Using this discovery he recalculated the size of the known universe, doubling the previous calculation made by Hubble in 1929. He announced this finding to considerable astonishment at the 1952 meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Rome.
In October 2018, scientists presented a new third way (two earlier methods, one based on redshifts and another on the cosmic distance ladder, gave results that do not agree), using information from gravitational wave events (especially those involving the merger of neutron stars, like GW170817), of determining the Hubble Constant, essential in establishing the rate of expansion of the universe.
Again, only minutes after this discovery another riddler posted a message saying they had seen a golden eagle on the track The Petrified Forest but stated they were not quite sure how to get it! Another rider hops to it and within minutes posts this screenshot. By waiting on the tire between checkpoints 8 and 9, eventually a golden eagle will cross the riders path and can be touched by bailing out upwards, this reveals the secret.
The sign shows the birth date of a Norwegian mathematician called Marius Sophus Lie (/liː/ LEE;) who largely created the theory of continuous symmetry and applied it to the study of geometry and differential equations.
The fourth discovery was made 10 minutes later and was revealed live on stream about 20 minutes after that. The riddler who discovered it teased the community with an ambiguous screenshot of a blue orb. The community speculated and tried to come up with an answer but we had to wait for the riddler’s stream to start! The show began and the riddler along with his chat and others playing with him began the hunt for this new secret. On the track Ghost Town, if you wait for exactly 1 minute you will hear a sound, after the sound you can drive to ramp between checkpoints 2 and 3 and bailout upwards and a tad backwards to touch a blue orb. After touching the orb it floats and dashes through the air to a new location. After touching the orb in all its locations you are finally gifted with the following.
The sign shows Group Theory in Algebraic Structure. In mathematics, E8 is any of several closely related exceptional simple Lie groups, linear algebraic groups or Lie algebras of dimension 248; the same notation is used for the corresponding root lattice, which has rank 8. The designation E8 comes from the Cartan–Killing classification of the complex simple Lie algebras, which fall into four infinite series labeled An, Bn, Cn, Dn, and five exceptional cases labeled E6, E7, E8, F4, and G2. The E8 algebra is the largest and most complicated of these exceptional cases. This piece of theory is related to the mathematician discussed after the golden eagle find on The Petrified Forest track.