Alkina: What do you mean by your future being in this pattern of stars?
Ceyla: There is a planet from which this blazar appears in the center of this asterism.
Ceyla: On that planet lives Professor Haben, a scientist who once gave a presentation about active galaxies on Rane.
Alkina: And that planet is Shyne?
Ceyla: Yes. Professor Haben got me interested in active galaxies and I would like to study with her.
Alkina: Judging by the star charts, it is not too far off from the direction we were headed. Epo, set a course for planet Shyne!
Epo: Alkina, are you sure you want to do this? We shouldn’t set a precedent of assisting any stowaway that happens to sneak aboard.
Alkina: In that case, next time make sure to monitor who comes on board the ship more carefully.
Dude, where’s my science?
We have talked about navigating by stars in a previous episode. In this episode, Ceyla is telling Alkina how a pattern of stars against a background object, a blazar, looks from the planet Shyne. Below is an animation of what Ceyla is saying.
You can imagine Epo being in a position in space where the view looks like it does in the beginning of the video. They will reach their goal, planet Shyne, by moving to a position where the view looks like it does at the end of the animation. And that is how they know where to go!