The Listing also includes information on Shadow Rifts, clusters of stars, nebulas, anonymalous signal sources, and other phenomena.
The Deep Sky Program publishes and updates the DSP Listing, a widely available star catalog. This is most commonly called "Where the Stars End".
- The name is traditional and refers to the Distant Fringe region's position on the edge of the Great Void – literally the point where the stars end. It also refers to the various Shadow Rifts lying within the Empty Stars, from the natural barrier of the Moat Rifts to the distant Laurentine Gulf. The absence of stars within these voids – again, the places where the stars end – would prove to be a major obstacle to interstellar travel, should any ship ever venture into those far-flung areas.
Empty Stars Sectors
- Amarada Sector, Argent Sector, Bourne Sector, Burden Sector, Cauldron Sector, Coraline Sector, Course Sector, Divide Sector, Elysium Sector, Extent Sector, Fallow Sector, Forge Sector, Garadin Sector, Hollow Sector, Kalash Sector, Kataran Sector, Ledge Sector, Leiden Sector, Mageera Sector, Median Sector, Omicus Sector, Palatine Sector, Perfection Sector, Pestilent Sector, Phanic Sector, Range Sector, Revenant Sector, Samardin Sector, Serenity Sector, Shadow Rift Sector, Shandara Sector, Tarchon Sector, Tirell Sector, Toller Sector, Turoman Sector, Valiance Sector, and Wraith Sector.
Great Void Sectors
- Abyss Sector, Chasm Sector, Gulf Sector, Deep Sector and Stand Sector lie within the Great Void. Although they are not considered to be part of the Empty Stars they are included in the DSP Listing. These empty regions really are where the stars end.
Although detailed, accurate information is widely available relating to the stars at the heart of each system, relatively limited information is available about the various planetary bodies that orbit them. The presence and numbers of gas giants are known through their effects on their primaries. The cutting-edge sensor arrays and advanced computing power employed by the DSP are certainly sensitive enough to detect the presence of large rocky bodies and even large planetoids lying within those far off systems. Such information, however, has not been made generally available.
There is some speculation over the reasons for this ommission. Primarily, it is argued, it discourages casual travel into the Empty Stars. Such travel may chance across Voyagers or the Vilani and alert them to the presence of the surviving Terran culture of the Distant Fringe.
References & Contributors / Sources
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- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master Scout Emeritus Adie Alegoric Stewart of the IISS
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science