My question was based on what was stated in the franchise. For instance, Captain Kirk described Cheron as being in the southernmost portion of the Milky Way Galaxy. ("Let That Be Your Last Battlefield") Later, the location of Beta Lyrae was given as 142 degrees northeast of the galactic plane. ("The Slaver Weapon")
This system is based on the galactic coordinate system. In this system, locations left of Sol are to the west and right of Sol are to the east.
I realized something I hadn't noticed before about the two charts - the Explored Galaxy seen in "Conspiracy" and the galaxy map seen in "The Emissary".
The first chart shows the region of space from 342 degrees to 354 degrees. This would imply that this is the region of space inhabited by the Federation and other peoples. The sun is located between 348 and 349 degrees.
However, the second chart, which shows a larger view of the galaxy, has the Federation in between 120 degrees and 240 degrees. The region seen in the first chart, according to the second chart, has yet to be explored in 2365. And, according to a real world view of the galaxy, the Sun is located at 180 degrees. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:23...-annotated.jpg
The galaxy is divided into four quadrants in the real world.
* 1st galactic quadrant – 0° ≤ longitude (ℓ) ≤ 90
* 2nd galactic quadrant – 90° ≤ ℓ ≤ 180
* 3rd galactic quadrant – 180° ≤ ℓ ≤ 270
* 4th galactic quadrant – 270° ≤ ℓ ≤ 360° (0°)
Under this scheme, the Federation is located in and has explored space of the 1st and 2nd galactic quadrants.
Using the warp speed calculator (http://www.anycalculator.com/warpcalculator.htm
), the Enterprise
would have taken 58 years to reach the galactic edge. For the ship to reach the barrier in less than than a year, it would have needed to be traveling at faster than warp factor 30. It is possible for the Valiant
to circumnavigate the Federation if the ship was traveling at warp factor 9.9 for its entire voyage - could a Defiant
-class starship do this?