Maps of the Terragen Sphere
A selection of maps of the Milky Way Galaxy showing the location of the Terragen Sphere and various polities within that region
The Orion Arm and Proximity
|An artistic interpretation of the Empires and other volumes within the Orion Arm and environs. Although the borders between the empires are displayed as discrete limits in this interpretation, in practice the various empires merge into one another and change over time as the various systems change allegiance. |
Note as well that this two-dimensional representation does not show the full extent of empires which overlay one another - the Red Star M'Pire overlays the much larger Solar Dominion, for instance, and the Mutual Progress Association and the Keter Dominion are similarly stacked one above the other
The Milky Way Galaxy and the location of Known High Energy Emitting Civilisations
This map shows the various arms of the Milky way galaxy, the extent of the Orion Arm Civilisation and some of the alien High Energy Emission Civilisations which have been detected outside the reach of current exploratory spacecraft.
Please note that the grid is centred on Sol and each square represents ten thousand light years.
The Terragen Sphere as seen from Galactic North showing the locations of all major star cluster and Outer Volumes Political Regions.
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The Terragen Sphere as seen from Galactic North
A map of the Middle Regions out to three thousand light years in radius
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Another view of the Middle Regions, as seen from a different angle
The Inner Sphere including Sol; (the direction of galactic north is towards the top of the image);
(click for more detailed image).
Locations in the Inner Sphere, viewed from above the Galactic Plane from Galactic North. Note; the grid has a scale of 10 light years per square
This view shows the Inner Sphere from a viewpoint above the Galactic plane and to rimward and counterspinwards of Sol. The location of Sol is marked by a red diamond.
See Also Maps of the Galactic Plane as seen from Old Earth
Political Maps of the Middle Regions in the year 8000 A.T. These maps corresponds to slices of the galactic plane, separated by planes 200 ly apart. The distance of the camera from Sol is 5000 ly.
The Big Picture Shows the Outer volumes and the periphery
The Galactic Plane image of the Terragen Sphere from the side
Please note- in this map, galactic North is to the bottom- as is the convention in the Communion of Worlds and elsewhere
Star Maps A series of maps zooming in on the vicinity of Sol in the Orion Arm. The blue-green circles mark 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 1000, 200, 3000, 4000, 5000 and 10,000 lightyears from SolSys.
20000 ly - the large structure of the arm and the neighboring Perseus arm (left) and Sagittarius arm (right) can be seen. Eta Carinae is near the lower middle border.
2000 ly - with stars brighter than absolute magnitude -2
50 ly - The core of the Inner Sphere.
- Astrogation, Astronavigation - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Plotting a course for a ship through interplanetary and interstellar space.
- Astrography - Text by Anders Sandberg
Interstellar cartography, determining one's position in space, naming of interplanetary and interstellar bodies and regions, the science of interplanetary and interstellar map-making.
- Bubble (galactography) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The extent to which a starfaring civilization has expanded through interstellar space. Specifically used to refer to those civilizations that colonize and terraform worlds, mine asteroids, planets, and stars, build megastructures, and generally exploit resources and make a big environmental impact wherever they go, like the Terragens (hence - the "Terragen Bubble"), rather than nomads like Meistersingers.
- Cartographer - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
One who creates, studies or interprets maps.
- Cartography - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, modified from the original write-up by Robert J. Hall
The making and reading of maps.
- Core Worlds - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The Sol system and neighboring systems which were the first colonized by
- Galactic Core - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The dense central region of a galaxy. The central region of the Milky Way, like many other galaxies, is densely crowded with stars, pulsars, white dwarfs, and other objects. It contains a massive central object, Sagittarius A*.
- Galactic Directions - Text by Anders Sandberg, amended by Steve Bowers
Planetary terms like north, south, east, west, are insufficient for referring to directions within the galaxy. Instead, the a different set of conventions have achieved widespread acceptance when referring to direction.
- Light Speed Frontier - Text by Thorbjørn Steen
The outer edge of the Terragen Sphere.
- Maps of the Galactic Plane - Text by Steve Bowers
The Orion Arm Civilisation as seen from Old Earth
- Master Star List - Text by Mark Ryherd, John M. Dollan and Steve Bowers
The stars of the Inner Sphere and their colonies.
- Milky Way - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The spiral galaxy in which we live.
- Sagittarius A* - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way. It is surrounding by concentric rings of rapidly expanding matter, evidence of a massive explosion.
- Terragen - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Any biont, ai, or any other entity, clade, species, or group that either originated on Earth or, more generally, can trace eir ultimate origin and ancestry back to Earth; or any civilization, empire, polity or organization created or maintained by terragen sentients.
- Terragen Expansion - Text by Anders Sandberg amended by Steve Bowers
The expansion of the Terragen Sphere over time.
- Terragen Sphere - Text by Stephen Inniss
The region of the galaxy that has been colonized or explored by Terragen sophonts.