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Ray Butler # Posted on August 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Just some Star-Trek trivia for you. Maximum warp in Startrek is 9.97, 10 is impossible, but 9.97 is not a sustainable speed, 9.95 is more reasonable. 9.95 equates to about 1000 times the speed of light. Voyager was teleported by some unknown force to the Delta quadrant, their possition would have been roughly half the length of our galaxy away. If they were to travel at warp 9.5 without interuption, without stopping for supplies which was impossible, then it would take them over 70 years to reach the nearest out-post of the Federation, and that out-post would probably be another 30 or 40 years travel from Earth.
So that is the kind of size our galaxy is.
Also, as for the ammount of stars in our galaxy: If you have a book, each page has a star from our galaxy, and you spend 1 second looking at each star, it would take you 10,000 years to finish the book.
(note: these numbers are all theoretical, I am unsure of what the reality is on this)
But there is a lot of distance but there is also a lot of star systems. For an alien race to come here by generational ships, they would have to be, in relative terms, our next door neighbour, to not only be able to get here in a reasonable ammount of millenium but to be able to identify our Earth and star as having potential for their purposes.