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Old June 6 2013, 06:47 PM   #38
Re: Let's Discuss the Romulan Bird of Prey!

They even said "gravitational forces" instead of forcing us to think that "magnetic" is a 24th century word for gravitic pull... (The bit about "ambient magnetic fields" was apparently unrelated to the course corrections, and just the next item in Data's rant about the effects of the Amargosa detonation.)

That's sort of silly - even a real spacecraft shouldn't need to mind the effects of a star blowing up lightyears away (especially since a star blowing up does not change the gravitational forces at a distance - the mass does not change in the explosion appreciably, so any changes would be limited to short distance ones from the symmetric redistribution of the mass a bit farther away from the centerpoint). But yes, it's there, and it does seem to establish that gravity still is a factor to be considered in starship navigation, even if it is never discussed.

Timo Saloniemi
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