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Pattern type Spaceship
Number of cells 36
Bounding box 18×12
Direction Orthogonal
Period 7
Mod 7
Speed 2c/7
Heat 45.1
Discovered by David Eppstein
Year of discovery 2000

Weekender is a 2c/7 orthogonal spaceship that was found by David Eppstein on January 12, 2000.[1] On April 27, 2000, Stephen Silver found a tagalong for a pair of weekenders (shown below). At present, n weekenders pulling n-1 tagalongs constitute the only known spaceships with speed 2c/7, besides self-sustaining loops of weekender conduits. These were the only known period-7 spaceships until the discovery of Lobster in 2011, loafer in 2013 and spaghetti monster in 2016.

Despite the relative simplicity of its components, a glider synthesis for the weekender had been elusive since its discovery. A weekender synthesis was completed on January 25, 2015, 15 years after its discovery (and coincidentally, on a weekend).[2]

On September 26, 2015 Chris Cain announced a p444 weekender gun based on a 79-glider synthesis, as well as a p451/p457+ glider-to-weekender converter.[3]

Image gallery

Two weekenders followed by a tagalong
RLE: here

See also


  1. Jason Summers' jslife pattern collection.
  2. Martin Grant (January 25, 2015). "Re: Small Spaceship Syntheses". Retrieved on January 25, 2015.
  3. Chris Cain (September 26, 2015). "Re: Small Spaceship Syntheses". Retrieved on October 7, 2015.

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