Delta Quadrant

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The Delta Quadrant is the common designation for one-quarter of the Milky Way Galaxy. Its boundary is defined by a meridian passing through the galactic core and the Sol System, and a second meridian 90ยบ perpendicular at the core. Its closest point to Earth is located approximately 30,000 light-years away.

Due to the immense distance between the Alpha and Delta Quadrants (an Intrepid Class starship would take 30 years to reach the edges of the quadrant at its maximum warp velocity), the Federation knew very little about this region of space until 2371, when the starship USS Voyager was pulled into the quadrant by an alien force called the Caretaker. When contact was reestablished with the starship in 2374, hundreds of kiloquads of data on the region was received, increasing the Federation's knowledge of the quadrant immensely.

When Q discovered Voyager, he assumed Quinn was responsible for transporting it there, stating that Humans weren't supposed to be in the Delta Quadrant for another 100 years. (Death Wish -VOY)

When Voyager returned to Earth from the Borg transwarp network in 2378, the Federation's knowledge of the quadrant was further expanded considerably. (Endgame -VOY)

For more information, see our list of known locations in the Delta Quadrant

This article borrows heavily on the Memory-Alpha article of the same name.

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