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A map displayed on the bridge of the Malevolence, showing the flagship's path as it circumnavigates the Kaliida Nebula

Astrogation was the science of safely and reliably traversing space in a starship.[1] Throughout galactic history,[2] cartographers[3] and scouts[4] traveled between star systems in search of more reliable and safer hyperspace routes free of dangerous obstacles, advancing the science of astrogation.[2] Traveling through hyperspace required a navigation computer[2] to make precise calculations in order to follow these lanes and avoid crashing into "mass shadows," the gravitational wells surrounding massive celestial bodies such as planets.[5] Often, ships had to navigate by way of hyperspace buoys[2] or stop at waypoints to calculate another hyperspace vector.[6]

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