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The problem is that it is pretty evident that Jump Drive distances in light years is a highly unreliable tool for measuring New Eden. Simply, they must not be accurate. A good example is the supposed distance in lightyears between Mara and Dantumi.
Figure 1.1 - Mara to Dantumi in Lightyears: 0.838 ly
Here’s Mara, a pretty standard solar system.
Figure 1.2 - Mara
Here’s Dantumi, also a pretty regular looking solar system.
Figure 1.3 - Dantumi
The problem is that systems that are only 0.838 lightyears are binary systems, and their planetary orbits would be very messed up, especially given the solar masses of each star.
Safe to say that observation dictates the two solar systems must be further apart than 0.838 lightyears.
Luckily for us:
- We can determine how far apart they are really once we work out actual distances of astronomical structures on the background-skybox.
- We can easily write off jump drives in lightyears as approximating something else. For instance the Jump drive warps space-time such that based on time dilation and mass-to-energy conversion, etc, saying the jump is 0.838 lightyears makes sense to a Capsuleer.
But in terms of the observable New Eden?