I thought the camera angle was deliberately placed as a 'reveal' for the stars. Remembering that there was a classic discovery of something in the game (can't remember what it was now) from the stars/nebulae, that FD didn't anticipate, they have always been careful in other videos not to reveal the stars. But this time they have, which makes me think it's a big hint.
Except we haven't worked it out !
It is kind of strange that these super-explorers claim to be able to find stuff by looking at the sky and yet haven't managed to do that, here, but have managed to find a completely different thing instead.
It's kind of like saying you were able to find the location of the only petrol-station in rural Kentucky by looking at a map of Spain.
No unfortunately the sky box cop out is just that...
To be fair, it's not a complete cop-out.
There are times when, for example, I've seen screenies of things and noticed stuff like Nebula, the type of star or a pattern of stars in the sky and then, in the course of playing, I've noticed the same things in the sky and been able to think "Hey! I'm in the same place I saw in those screenies!"
In that case, though, I'm using other methods to get to places and then I'm just confirming my location by looking at the sky.
To actually locate something, for the first time, by that method seems incredibly tenuous to me.
It might be possible in conjunction with a process of elimination, where you dismiss systems with the wrong type of star, the wrong types of planet or the wrong population/state but it'd be a long-shot by itself.
Has your inbox been over flowing with pm's from all that want to know?
About finding things. As I recall, someone found something that was in a video that was released by Fdev a good while back. They found it by matching up the star pattern in the background and then had an Idea of where it was and then searched until it was found. I dont know who done that but they are a lot smarter than I and a lot of other people in the ways of astronomy. That was nothing short of amazing. As I recall. the next released video teaser had the star background removed. lol Someone will have to refresh my memory on what that was. Might have been the ruins or maybe it was a Thargoid crash site. Not to mention, when there is a LOT of people out looking for things, someone is bound to come across it sooner or later.
You can think whatever you want but it was not purposefully leaked.
I am pretty sure the Astronomers they employ and Braben saw right through that one right away. But it made for a cool story so they rolled with it. I dont blame them, it was getting stale at that time.
Can't vouch for the INRA site, but I found the Thargoid Scout wreck on my own by following clues. Sort of. I think part of the disovery might be down to a bug in the game where if you scan one site in a system, you will get markers for others added to your left-hand panel (have we confirmed that this is in fact a bug?)
Anyway there's a decent breadcrumb trail that leads you close to the scout crash:
The survey vessel Victoria's Song is in HIP 17125, in orbit near the crash site of the scout. I found Victoria's Song by following the signal match from a Listening Post in Pleiades IH-V c2-5, which I visited because it is one of the systems mentioned in
GalNet as having been hit by Thargoid attacks (and there are indeed additional points of interest to be found in the system which are directly related to the GalNet article). The Listening Post points to HIP 17125, and if you fly around and scan (or at least approach within 1000ls) every planet in the system, which I always do; you'll eventually find Victoria's Song. After I finished up at Victoria's Song, I noticed the Crash Site as a POI on my left-hand panel, so I flew there and found it. Now, if its appearance on my left-hand panel was due to a bug and hence not an intentional part of the game's flow; I have no idea how anyone was supposed to find it. To the best of my knowledge there are no listening posts or other in-game clues which point to the crash site specifically.
FDev would have to be caught murdering puppies or some such everytime I fire up the game to make me quit.