Re: Was The Expanse really 50 ly from Earth, and 2000 ly across?
There's also the problem that we, in real life, don't see a giant pink nebula 2000-light-years across in the sky... and we don't in ENT either. This...
... if 50 light-years away but 2000-light-years across, should be visible across a big chunk of the night sky.
It's one of those stupid numbers pulled out of the air/but to make Enterprise's mission sound even more light searching for a needle in a haystack. 200 didn't sound big enough. 2000 does. Simple as that.
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