Vast Horizon Help Files

Orientation in Space


Orientation in Space


Orientation in space is different than orientation on a planet in that there is no point of reference for directions like north, south, east and west. Astronomers, and later ship captains use a different system dividing space up into sectors consisting of an x, y, and z axis. ON a larger scale, they use the galactic core as their point of reference.

Because they use the galactic core, some new terms have been adopted. They are as follows:

Ooc note: These terms are used by space organizations today, as well as many science fiction works such as https://www.sarna.net/wiki/Galactic_Directions .

Coreward: Toward the galactic core.

Rimward: Away from the galactic core toward the edge of the galaxy.

Spinward: IN the direction that that galaxy tends to spin.

Antispinward: Opposite the direction the galaxy tends to spin.

To make things more friendly to pilots, Humans and farolds decided that, since the x axis of a sector started at unit 1 toward the core, and unit 25 away from the core, that 1 would be west, and 25 would be east. Since y unit 1 was spinward, then south was south, and y unit 25 was north.

Still, with the core just over 26,000 light-years away, getting there at this point is beyond Human and Farold current ability.

This help file was last modified: 04/21/23 at 9:16 p.m.

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