Some exist 'sideways' or 'parallel' to each other (DW: Battlefield), although such spatial language must be understood as simplification given that 'space' is a phenomenon local to within universes. (FP: The Cosmology of the Spiral Politic) Likewise, some exist 'before' (NA: All-Consuming Fire) or 'after' (MA: Millennial Rites) each other, although such temporal language must be understood as simplification given that 'time' is a phenomenon local to within universes. (FP: The Cosmology of the Spiral Politic)
Many universes develop a civilisation equivalent to that of the Time Lords - the first culture within a given reality to reach a level of sophistication which allows them to tailor the laws of that universe to their own nature. (MA: Cold Fusion)
The composition of the universe consists of galaxies which are made of stars which are orbited by planetary bodies. Earth, for example, lies in the Sol system of Mutter's Spiral, the galaxy closest to the Andromeda Galaxy.
Most 'parallel' universes are exactly that: parallel. They run alongside each other but exist independently. They may share many common features but do not 'diverge' or 'branch off' from each other at any specific point. (FP: The Cosmology of the Spiral Politic)
The countless worlds in which the Roman Empire never fell or in which the Nazis won World War II (FP: Warlords of Utopia) are not twigs off the branch of some 'main' universe or paths that have split off at some particular juncture, but are entirely separate creations that share many, but not all, of the features of the familiar universe. (FP: The Cosmology of the Spiral Politic) The same would seem to hold true of Pete's World and Inferno Earth. (DW: Rise of the Cybermen, Inferno)
Those universes which share the most features in common may be considered as being located 'closest' to each other and those which share the least features in common may be considered as being 'furthest away' from each other. Although, again, the spatial terminology here is a simplification as 'space' only exists within universes. (FP: The Cosmology of the Spiral Politic)
It was, however, possible for complete new universes to be formed by 'branching off' from specific points in another universe's history. The difficulty with this though is that it cuts the lifespan of the original universe in half. (NA: Blood Heat)
A healthier way for a universe to reproduce is for it to develop within it a species capable of 'engineering' a new universe from scratch. (FP: The Cosmology of the Spiral Politic) Although the Time Lords apparently never attained this level of accomplishment, an unpopular fringe theory on Gallifrey held that their own entire reality had been engineered in this way by the 21st century Humanity of some other universe. (FP: The Book of the War)
Knowledge of this universe was a closely guarded secret, and was only in the Doctor's possession as a result of his connection to the Matrix during his time as Lord President. (MA: Millennial Rites, DW: The Invasion of Time) Even then, the knowledge would ultimately prove temporary; In his sixth and seventh lives the Doctor was fully conversant with the details and specifics of this universe (NA: All-Consuming Fire, PDA: Synthespians™), but by his tenth life it was almost an article of religious faith to him that such a universe could not have existed. (DW: The Impossible Planet)
This universe's equivalent to the Time Lords were the Old Ones, who found a means by which to survive into the next. (NA: All-Consuming Fire, MA: Millennial Rites) The Beast claimed to have existed before the universe. (DW: The Impossible Planet) It was also speculated that the Ancient Lights came from the previous universe. (SJA: Secrets of the Stars)
The universe of the Doctor and of the Time Lords, the current existing Universe, is known as N-Space. It is constantly expanding (DW: Genesis of the Daleks) and was created out of a continually existing black void roughly fourteen billion years ago in what is known as Event One. (DW: Castrovalva)
The universe was replete with pocket universes and other realms or domains discrete from the wider continuum. Some of these existed in exotic special dimensions such as Calabi-Yau Space (PDA: The Quantum Archangel), some folded into quirks of perceptual history such as the Eleven-Day Empire (EDA: Interference - Book One) and others, such as Mictlan, had no measurable existence beyond the purely conceptual. (EDA: Alien Bodies)
The Time Lords of Gallifrey, as the first sentient culture to develop within their universe (NA: Lucifer Rising), were responsible for setting the parameters within which the universe operates. (NA: Sky Pirates!) They expunged magic in favour of science as the basic governing principle. (NA: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible, Christmas on a Rational Planet) They established the morphic field that would seem to favour the development of humanoid life. They established the Web of Time which guaranteed the universe a stable, linear, history. (BFA: Neverland, FP: The Book of the War)
With the Time Lords now lost to the Last Great Time War, the universe has become a more uncertain and dangerous place. The ability to travel to other universe has stopped (DW: Rise of the Cybermen) and the creation of time paradoxes has a much more dangerous effect. (DW: Father's Day)
The end of the Universe, also known as Event Two (PDA: The Infinity Doctors), has been variously projected to occur in 60 billion AD (BFA: Zagreus), 100 trillion AD (DW: Utopia) or 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 AD. (PDA: The Infinity Doctors)
Though the Doctor denied the existence of a universe before his own, he remained aware that the death of his universe would be followed by the birth of another. (DW: Army of Ghosts) The Time Lords at the end of the universe killed themselves at a Time Institute ceremony. (ST: The End)
The City of the Saved existed 'in between' the end of the Doctor's universe and the start of the next one. The inhabitants of the City once believed they had penetrated into that universe and established a colony there, but in fact they were deceived and had only reached a simulated environment inside the hostile TARDIS known as Antipathy. (FP: Of the City of the Saved...)
The After-Universe is a pink void interspersed with green mists of orbiting plankton and Saraquazel, who became its equivalent of a Time Lord. (MA: Millennial Rites) The Zytragupten also inhabit this universe. (DWM: The Stockbridge Child)
A universe is all matter, energy, and space in a space-time continuum, e.g. the three dimensions of space governed by the fourth dimension of time. The universe is filled with large clusters of stars and other material, known as galaxies, which are grouped together and held in place by gravity.
The multiverse contains in theory infinite universes, every time a decision is made or one possible outcome occurs a new parallel universe is created to carry out the alternative outcomes. Depending on the point of divergence and level of variance at that divergence a parallel universe can range from essentially identical to unrecognisable from our own. Federation scientists have so far established the existence of some 285,000 universes. (ST reference: The Starfleet Survival Guide)
The vast majority of known universes have only had minor, if any contact, with our own universe, however there does seem to be a substantial history between our universe and the collective of related universes known as the mirror universe, contact has been made with a number of variations of the mirror universe at various points throughout history.
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The Universe is a space-time continuum in which all matter and energy exist. There is disagreement over whether the universe is indeed finite or infinite in spatial extent and volume. Many astronomers and cosmologists believe the universe is infinite, due to recent findings in NASA's WMAP project supporting a flat (and therefore infinite) universe. However, the observable universe, consisting of all locations that could have affected us since the Big Bang given the finite speed of light, is certainly finite. And yet, the universe is continually expanding. It will either continue to do so forever, or reach a point at which it begins to contract, in an event dubbed by scientists as The Big Crunch.
Both popular and professional research articles in cosmology often use the term "universe" when they really mean "observable universe". This is because unobservable physical phenomena are scientifically irrelevant; that is, they cannot affect any events that we can perceive.
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A universe is all matter, energy and space regarded as a whole. The laws of the universe are governed by time. Our universe is filled with clusters of stars known as galaxies which are grouped by gravity.
A new universe can be shaped by a person's thoughts while inside a warp bubble. While Dr. Crusher was caught in a shrinking warp bubble and asked the computer for the definition of the universe, it replied that "The universe is a spherical region seven hundred and five meters in diameter.
Solanagen-based lifeforms existed in an alternate universe located deep within subspace inside a tertiary subspace manifold. In order to conduct experiments on the crew of the USS Enterprise-D, they created a small bubble of the "normal" universe in their realm. The next step was to create a small bubble of their universe in the "normal" universe through a spatial rupture. The plans were thwarted by the crew of the Enterprise-D however.
Jack had ideas about preventing the inevitable collapse of the universe in about 60 trillion years.
The galaxy was one of the quadrillions of galaxies that existed in the universe. This galaxy was particularly important since it was the setting of the histories of the Galactic Republic, the Galactic Civil War, the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Jedi and the Sith.
Judging from the maps available, it appeared to be a galaxy of Sb type. According to some sources, the galaxy was 120,000 light years across, or 37,000 Parsecs (a parsec is 3.258 light years) across. A black hole existed at the center of the galaxy. The galaxy was orbited by seven satellite galaxies: Companion Aurek (also known as the Rishi Maze), Companion Besh, and Companions Cresh through Grek. However, most of the Companions were described as having ancient, metal-poor stars and not much life. There was also a hyperspace disturbance at the edge of the galaxy that prevented hyperspace routes outside the disk. The galaxy had nearly two hundred globular clusters.
There were approximately 400 billion stars and around half of these had planets that could support life. 10% of those developed life, while sentient life developed in 1/1,000 of those (about 20 million). The galaxy was populated by approximately 100 quadrillion different life forms.
The galaxy as an official entity began to exist millennia later, when Humans discovered hyperspace travel and met other sentient races. When several worlds and species came to know each other, they formed a loose affiliation that accepted common laws and currency, and the Galactic Republic became the "official" galactic government. The smaller Sith Empire rivaled the Republic, and the beginnings of that rivalry were religious—the understanding of the Force. The Sith were defeated and reemerged several times.
Finally, after a millennium of hiding, the Sith managed to restore their Empire, after dissolving the Republic and replacing it with the short lived Galactic Empire. The Empire lasted for two decades of tyranny, but after the Galactic Civil War, eventually the Republic was restored. Despite this, the remnants of the Empire would continue to resist the new government for over a decade before finally signing a peace treaty.
Not long after that, an extragalactic species known as the Yuuzhan Vong launched an invasion of the galaxy. Their invasion devastated much of the galaxy, including Coruscant, though they were eventually defeated.
Some of the Yuuzhan Vong were incorporated in the galactic community, and in the course of 1.5 centuries several governments alternated, including the restoration of the Empire, although not dark side-oriented. This Galactic Empire warred against the new Sith Order who were reformed.
The galaxy was divided into ten main regions. They are listed here in ascending order of distance from the core to the fringe. These regions were further divided into various sectors, systems, and planets.
At the very heart of the galaxy, the Deep Core (a.k.a. Core Systems) was a small region that hid unusual worlds. Due to the gravitational pull of the vast number of stars, local space-time was severely warped, making hyperspace travel difficult at best with a black hole in the center. The region was thought to be almost inaccessible until Emperor Palpatine found several safe hyperlanes into the region. The area remained an Imperial stronghold almost twenty years after the Battle of Endor.
An ancient region bordering the outlying areas of the Deep Core, the Core Worlds were some of the most prestigious, well-developed, well-known, and heavily populated planets in the galaxy. The Galactic Republic and subsequently all galaxywide governments were born in the Core Worlds and spread out over the galaxy. During both the time of the Republic and Empire, Coruscant, a major core world, was the Galactic Capital. The Humans are supposed to have originated from this region.
The Colonies was the name given to a region of the galaxy between the Core Worlds and the Inner Rim. It was among the first areas outside the Core to be colonized, and the worlds here were typically heavily populated, industrialized, and cultured.
During its reign, the Galactic Empire was very forceful in controlling the Colonies, and as a result, the New Republic gained support quickly there.
The Inner Rim was a region of the galaxy between the Colonies and the Expansion Region. It was originally just called "The Rim", as it was expected to be the farthest extent of the Known Galaxy for centuries, but the Expanded Rim (later renamed the Expansion Region) was opened within a hundred years of the Inner Rim.
During the reign of Palpatine, the Galactic Empire ruthlessly controlled the Inner Rim. Rather than rebel, many residents chose to flee to the Outer Rim Territories.
After the Battle of Endor, the Empire, despite its unpopularity, held the region far longer than expected; many later resented the New Republic's sluggishness in liberating the region. Many worlds, despite joining the New Republic, were openly afraid that the government was not strong enough to maintain power. Their concerns were born following the return of Palpatine, when the Empire reclaimed most of the Inner Rim.
The Expansion Region was an experiment in corporate-controlled worlds, with powerful corporations exploiting and profiting heavily from the planets for their raw materials, metals and ores. Inhabitants were oppressed while the corporations stripped entire stellar systems of all their resources. Eventually civil unrest spread from system to system. The Galactic Republic eventually took control of the system due to mounting pressure from its denizens by limiting or evicting corporate interests. Expansion Region worlds continued to be producers of raw materials and ores. However, most natural resources were exhausted by the Imperial era.
With fewer natural resources (and therefore a smaller population) than many neighboring regions, the Mid Rim was a territory where residents worked hard for everything they had. Several planets had built up impressive economies, and pirate raiders often hid in the relatively unexplored spaces far from major trade routes.
The Outer Rim Territories was the last widely settled expanse before Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. It was the birth place of the Dark Lord Revan, and was also where the Mandalorians began their crusades in the hope of provoking the Galactic Republic into war. The Jedi Exile was also known to have grown up on Dantooine, which was one of the Outer Rim worlds. It was strewn with obscure worlds, and rugged, primitive frontier planets. Due to its distance from the Core, the region was home to many supporters of the Rebel Alliance. The Empire's Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin was assigned the difficult task of bringing the entire Outer Rim, a Rebel alliance supporter, in line.
The Tingel Arm was an exterior spiral arm of the galaxy. It contained the Corporate Sector Authority, a political entity which was partially-independent of the Galactic Republic and the Galactic Empire. Under the Galactic Empire, the sector expanded from a few hundred to thirty thousand systems.
Wild Space was the frontier of galactic society, separating the known parts of the galaxy from the Unknown Regions. One of Palpatine's last acts was to open up much of the region to more extensive exploration. Wild Space differed from the Unknown Regions in that some of Wild Space has been explored, though not extensively; the Unknown Regions remained mysterious.
The term "Unknown Regions" most commonly referred to the large, unexplored region (which some interpret to have been outside the plane of the galactic disk) between Bakura and the Imperial Remnant, which was largely dominated by the Chiss Ascendancy. The Unknown Regions comprised only a few billion stars, out of a galactic total of 400 billion. For reasons yet to be demonstrated there was a lack of reliable hyperspace routes through the region. The "Unknown Regions" designation included uncharted areas in dense nebulae, globular clusters, and the galactic halo. The Galactic Empire launched many expeditions to discover and conquer Unknown Region sectors. At the region’s outer edge, was the Hyperspace disturbance at the edge of the galaxy, in locations such as the Crispin system that gazed out at the Intergalactic Void.
Various established "ways" like hyperlanes passed through the sectors. These routes were explored and established by spacers known as hyperspace explorers (like Gav Daragon and Aitro Koornacht). Astromech droids had the responsibility of guiding spaceships through these routes.
Various governments have ruled within the galaxy over the millennia, the earliest known galaxy-spanning government being the Infinite Empire. Other significant political powers within the galaxy included:
Life developed in 10% of the inhabitable planets, while sentient life developed in 1/1,000 of those (about 20 million sentient species). It was estimated that they together totaled 100 quadrillion beings.
In classical history, the dominating species have been Humans. Possibly originating from the Core Worlds, Humans had been the basis of the major governments. Sentients other than Humans (examples: Twi'leks, Hutts, Mon Calamari) were simply known as "aliens". Aliens were also distinguished as humanoid or not.
Although not considered a race for obvious reasons, droids formed a significant part, helping and coexisting with the population. On Naboo, higher level droids were considered equal as fellow sentients.
Extragalactic aliens (species coming from another galaxy) were believed to have visited, by unknown means, the galaxy in an unknown point in the past for unknown reasons, and made contact with the galactic species.
Extragalactic travel was difficult due to a disturbance that prevented hyperspace routes outside the disk. However, by the time of the Clone Wars, contact had been established with the two small galaxies orbiting the Galaxy: Rishi Maze (also known as Companion Aurek) and Companion Besh. The Intergalactic Banking Clan had influence as far as these locations.
The Extragalactic Society was an organization devoted to the search for life outside the galaxy. During the last days of the Republic and according to Republic HoloNet News Special Inaugural Edition 16:5:241, the Brodo Asogi leader, Senator Grebleips sent an expedition to another galaxy but all information about the outcome of this endeavor is unknown.
The best known Extragalactic aliens were the Abominor/Silentium, the Kwa, and of course the invaders Yuuzhan Vong who almost managed to destroy the galactic civilization, while it was just recovering from the Galactic Civil War.
The lingua franca of the galaxy was the Human language that evolved in the Galactic Basic Standard. Its origins must have been the vernacular speech of Humans and was partially derived from several ancient Human languages, like Olys Corellisi. Humans being the dominant species of the galaxy, Basic has been adopted by many alien species as well.
The second most common language was Huttese, expanded through the criminal and financial activity of the Hutts, and has been as well adopted by other races that were in close cooperation with them through the ages, like the Rodians.
It was possible for droids to have fluency in millions of forms of communication, and based on them, could also understand and improvise in even more. Protocol droids were essential in interracial relations as translators and interpreters.
The galaxy was said to contain a "type 3" civilization (in the Kardashev scale — whereas Earth is home to a "type 0.7" civilization). This scale takes into account the level of integration and civilization between peoples (albeit this integration also involves different species, rather than just racial variations of only one sentient species, as it is on a sole planet), which in essence form one single "galactic civilization", given the political unification (despite the few separatisms) and the integration of the worlds in spite of the considerable distances (with effective means of transportation).
Nothing connects the Star Wars galaxy with ours (the Milky Way). However, if we are to consider a crossover between Star Wars and E.T. based on the mention of Brodo Asogi and its extra-galactic expedition, we can infer the following: the Brodo Asogi Senator, Grebleips, sent an expedition to another galaxy. This may have been our galaxy, and we can assume that that is how E.T. ended up on Earth. The movie says that E.T. is being three million light years from home (our galaxy is approximately 100,000 light years wide and its closest neighbor (Andromeda) is approximately 2.5 million light years away), so his home planet has to be in another galaxy other than the Milky Way or Andromeda, perhaps the Star Wars galaxy. E.T.'s home galaxy would therefore be part of the Local Group and the Virgo Supercluster at approximately a megaparsec away from us. However, this would mean, E.T.'s home galaxy (and, possibly, the Star Wars galaxy) would not be, on a universal scale, a galaxy far, far away but one of approximately forty galaxies that are our "neighbors". In any case, the fictional Star Wars galaxy is (at least theoretically) on the same plane of existence as ours, as it is a supposedly finite distance of "far, far away" from the Milky Way.
At the end of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, a celestial object is seen that many fans have interpreted to be the galaxy as seen from several hundred thousand light years away. Other fans have said that it rotates too fast to be a galaxy and at that distance a galaxy would not emit as much light as is portrayed in the film. Telescopes create the deceiving effect of increasing the brightness of distant objects while magnifying them, creating the perception that extremely distant objects are brighter than in reality. In reality, the galaxy should be very dim, barely perceptible even, at such a distance.
Some sources have said that the Rebel fleet spent some time hiding outside the galactic disk, probably intending to refer to this scene. According to Tales of the Bounty Hunters' story Of Possible Futures: The Tale of Zuckuss and 4-LOM, the object in the film is the galaxy, and the Rebel fleet had journeyed to a point in space well-removed from the galactic plane. This point was not outside of the galactic plane, per se, but rather above the galactic plane.
The film's director, Irvin Kershner, refers to the object as "a galaxy" on the Audio Commentary feature of the 2004 DVD release. The Complete Star Wars Trilogy Scrapbook identifies the object as a spinning star formation.
In Attack of the Clones, a map of the galaxy was visible with two smaller "satellite galaxies" at its outer regions. One of them was called "the Rishi Maze", while the other was unnamed. It is possible that what the Millennium Falcon flew towards was one of them. Attack of the Clones also introduces an organization called the "InterGalactic Banking Clan", further evidence that the galaxy's civilization may have incorporated these other galaxies. The Episode II DVD-ROM Exclusive Content states that the cluster known as the Rishi Maze may be the bright object that Luke and Leia stare at at the end of The Empire Strikes Back.
So far, no serious attempt has been made to give the galaxy an official name, or how its inhabitants name or refer to it with an astronomical name (the way we refer to our galaxy as the "Milky Way").
However, the MMORPG Star Wars Galaxies comprises several computer servers to accommodate the player population, each representing parallel "galaxies". Each of these "galaxies" is named after famous starships, and while none of these names should really be considered as possible names, it is the closest any official material has come to naming the Star Wars galaxy. These names are: Ahazi, Bloodfin, Bria, Chilastra, Chimaera, Corbantis, Eclipse, FarStar, Flurry, Gorath, Harla, Infinity, Intrepid, Katana, Kauri, Kettemoor, Lowca, Naritus, Radiant, Scylla, Shadowfire, Starsider, Sunrunner, Tarquinas, Valcyn, and Wanderhome.
The Star Wars Galaxies Universe is the game worlds, history and lore developed by Sony Online Entertainment and published by LucasArts. The game events are set following the destruction of the Death Star in Episode IV: A New Hope, but before the beginning of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
The term Universe may refer to the following: