Base Maps

There are two maps of Federation space. The first, UFPXY, shows the “plan view” looking down onto the disc of the Galaxy. As such, it’s the direct equivalent of the maps of the same region of space in the “Star Trek Star Charts.” The second, UFPXZ, is something that hasn’t been seen since the “Star Trek Maps,” a side view, looking towards the centre of the Galaxy. As such, it’s a bit of a leap into the unknown, and the end result certainly surprised me. Since these are my maps, and I get to please myself, I’ve not “tweaked” the positions of any of the stars, although that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily correct. Drawing these maps has been a learning experience for me, so I’m sure there are plenty of errors.

The faint grey “background” stars have been placed using Terry Kepner’s version of the HYG star database and Astrosynthesis software. The “foreground” named stars have had their positions recalculated from galactic latitude and longitude by me, so there isn’t an exact match-up, although there didn’t seem to be any huge discrepancies either, fortunately.

Although these maps are certainly fairly accurate, they can only reflect the amount of information available. Most of the stars are in at least approximately the right places, but new data could mean some revisions. You might also have noticed that the density of stars falls off quite rapidly towards the edges of the map. This is because our knowledge of what’s out there starts to fall off quite a lot after the first 100 light years or so, something that I hope the current GAIA star mapping mission will solve. (I think astronomers are hoping the same, although not primarily because it’ll make “Star Trek” maps more accurate.)

The only completely fictional object on the map is the Badlands. I’ve held off from adding political borders, and all the other objects that are there in “Star Trek” but are so far unknown to contemporary astronomers, not least because the XZ view has made me think that I really need to look at the whole thing much more carefully from first principles if the “side view” is going to make sense, especially where Cardassian space is concerned.

The labels are based on various star identifications. Some are from real astronomy, some are very definite labels in the “Star Trek Star Charts” and others are guesses of varying degrees of accuracy. Since you can look at the “Star Trek Star Charts” to see those maps without any reinterpretations by me, I’ve added a few changes, although I’ve tried not to omit any of the real stars involved. “Andor” and Procyon are probably the most obvious, but there are others. Incidentally, this left me with two stars called “Loracus”, and I left them both in because I felt like it.

Since the star labels are done to my own preferences, I’ve provided two versions of the maps, one with the labels, and one completely without. The images are big, 3,000 by 3,000 pixels, and about 1.2MB in .png format (with labels). Even so, there are stars very close together, and some are completely superimposed. Squeezing in name labels wasn’t always possible. I hope the end result isn’t too confusing.

The XY view, with labels.
The XY view, without labels.

The XZ view, with labels.
The XZ view, without labels.

Better late than never, I’ve added a key:

A key to the map symbols and labels.

These maps are “open source,” so please do whatever you’d like with them, if you have anything that needs a star map.

Temporary Update

At least for now, there are some problems with star coordinates. This link will take you to a short explanation of what’s going on.

by StrauchiusStrauchius on 11 Oct 2015 12:55, last updated on 07 Nov 2016 09:56