New Earth was 2000 light years away. It was discovered at a time when colonizing a new world was was a necessity, not an option.
Our ancestors poured all the resources of our dying world into fleets of colony ships intended to give humanity a second chance.
Born on a ship that had been in deep space for a millennium, I witnessed the other fleet of colony ships. They flashed by us at near the speed of light, traveling towards the blackened planet that we had left behind.
It was then that I realized how totally screwed we all were.