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A galaxy is the second largest named object in No Man's Sky.

Summary[edit | edit source]

The universe of No Man's Sky comprises 255 unique galaxies, which in turn comprise around 3 to 4 billion regions, each of which contain more than 122 and up to hundreds of star systems. All star systems feature from 1-6 planets and moons, and usually a single space station.

Players start in galaxy 1, Euclid, and travel through galaxies in order by reaching the Galaxy Centre or jump several by finishing the New Beginnings primary mission. After the player leaves galaxy 255 (Iousongola), they return to the first galaxy again.

There are several methods of moving to a different galaxy, and various hazards and damages will occur during the transfer.

Galaxy types[edit | edit source]

Galaxy choice in New Beginnings mission

There are four types of galaxies:

  • Empty - This type is referred to in-game as Ancestral, Frozen, Exhausted or Silent galaxy, and displayed with a blue hologram.
    The following numbered galaxies belong to this type: 7, 12, 27, 32, 47, 52, 67 etc, a total of 26. [1]
  • Harsh - This type is referred to in-game as Burning, Raging, Relentless or Ruthless galaxy, and displayed with a red hologram.
    The following numbered galaxies belong to this type: 3, 15, 23, 35, 43, 55, 63 etc, a total of 26.
  • Lush - This type is referred to in-game as Halcyon, Inspiring, Serene or Tranquil galaxy, and displayed with a green hologram.
    The following numbered galaxies belong to this type: 10, 19, 30, 39, 50, 59, 70 etc, a total of 25.
  • Norm - This type is referred to in-game as Imperfect, Improved, Parallel or Rebuilt galaxy, and displayed with a teal hologram.
    The majority of the galaxies belong to this type, a total of 178.

Biome probabilities

When visiting a certain galaxy type, the probabilities of discovering various planet biomes are as follows.

For example, finding a Lush biome in yellow star systems are 2x more likely to appear in a Norm galaxy than in an Empty galaxy.

System colors Yellow Green Blue Red
Empty Harsh Lush Norm All All All
Lush 1 2 4 2 1 1 1
Toxic 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Scorched 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Irradiated 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Frozen 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Barren 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Dead 4 2 0.5 2 2 2 2
Exotic 1 0 1 0 1 2 3

Naming conventions[edit | edit source]

The first handful of names are not as whimsically chosen as they look. Euclid was an early Greek mathematician who defined some of the basic mathematical rules for defining two dimensional shapes in both 2D and 3D space. This is followed by the Hilbert Dimension; Hilbert space is a mathematical framework for certain types of finite- or infinite-dimensional vector spaces that are central in for example quantum mechanics.

Next up, Calypso breaks from the mathematical/spacial references but is still related. Calypso is a mythological figure, which lured Odysseus from his path on the Odyssey and held him captive for seven years., Hesperius and Hyades are all names/terms that refers to the daughters of Atlas in Greek mythology. Beyond that point, the galaxies appear to have a similar naming scheme to the randomly generated planet names and are likely using the same generator.

Known positive galaxies[edit | edit source]

The intent of the following list is to not only show a list of known galaxies, but to indicate the order in which they are visited by the player. When adding new galaxies, be sure to place them in the correct spot in the list.

Galaxies 1-50[edit | edit source]

Galaxies 51-100[edit | edit source]

Galaxies 101-150[edit | edit source]

Galaxies 151-200[edit | edit source]

Galaxies 201-255[edit | edit source]

Historic galaxies[edit | edit source]

  • 256 Odyalutai - It does not allow travel to Yilsrussimil (257), but to Hilbert Dimension (2).
  • 257 Yilsrussimil - It does not allow travel to the 258th galaxy, but to Calypso (3).

Known negative galaxies[edit | edit source]

While no current legitimate means is known for the player to be able to visit negative number galaxies, they do exist. It appears the color of the galaxies are generated like positive galaxies. The known negative galaxies are listed below.

Galaxies overview table[edit | edit source]

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Additional information[edit | edit source]

  • The name of the galaxy types and subtypes are extracted from the NMS_UPDATE3_ENGLISH.MBIN game file.

Release history[edit | edit source]

  • Release - Introduced to the game.
  • Atlas Rises
    • The 256th galaxy and subsequent ones were removed from the universe; they cannot be reached through normal gameplay any longer. Now the 255th galaxy leads back to the 1st. To prevent players getting stuck in higher numbered galaxies, those lead back the lowered numbered galaxies: 256th leads to 2nd, 257th leads to 3rd etc.
    • The New Beginnings primary mission introduced a choice of four different colored galaxy types.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Galaxy types User Ezegnegch on Steam, 26 Oct 2017.