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Navigation in the player ship is done through the Star Map, and allows the player to browse and view information about planets and direct the ship to travel. The ship travels to a location only after clicking the 'Go' button. The location can be set by:

  • Selecting a planet to travel to,
  • Entering X and Y coordinates,
  • Clicking "Show Quest Location", or,
  • Selecting a bookmark

By clicking "Show Ship Location", a player can return to the planet their ship is currently orbiting.

You can left click a star or planet to zoom into that system. Or you can select the - magnifying glass icon to zoom back out.

Navigation Functions

Bookmarks

Bookmarks allow you to tag a planet so you can return to it later without memorising its location or coordinates. Bookmarks are similar to teleporter locations, but tag a whole planet instead of a specific block location. For example, you may want to bookmark your home planet and planets you build on. Or you can use bookmarks to record the civilisations and biomes you find on a planet.

To remove a bookmark, select the planet and click "Edit Bookmark". Delete all of the bookmark text and click Accept. A planet that has been bookmarked has a small green bookmark icon on it.

Fuel Gauge

Fuel Gauge.png The fuel gauge shows the current fuel the players ship has. Traveling further requires more fuel, which the player must gather to replenish. The maximum fuel consumed per planetary jump is 500 units, regardless of distance. Fuel can be found on Moons or purchased at the Outpost. An Engineer crew member can improve your fuel tank capacity.

Star Map

Star Map 1.png The star map is a point and click visual map of the Starbound universe. Stars can be clicked to zoom to their solar system view. There each planet can be selected, showing a planetary view and allowing selection of the planet, moons and smaller orbiting objects. In the planetary view, details about the selected object are shown. These details include the planets biome type, as well as the planet's difficulty.

To travel to the currently selected object, first make sure your fuel meter has enough fuel to travel there, then click the 'GO' button.

Coordinates

Coordinates.png Every object in space has coordinates. Every coordinate has two values, X and Y. These values can be entered into the Star map to highlight that location for travel. In Starbound, all planets' attributes are determined by their coordinates in space, so sharing the coordinates for a planet with a friend will allow them to visit the 'same planet' in their game. Only numbers ranging from -99999999 to 99999999 will appear in the Navigator, but planets generate and can be visited beyond this range.

GO Button

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FTL, or Faster Than Light, is the method by which ships travel from coordinate to coordinate in space. Once a planet has been selected and the ship has enough fuel, the player can click the 'GO' button to initiate an FTL jump to that planet. During a jump, you may not warp down from your ship, but you may warp to a party member's ship.

Zoom Levels

There are three zoom levels in the navigation map. From either the planet or system maps players can zoom out by right clicking. In the system and galaxy zoom levels clicking a star or planet will zoom down to the next levels.

Planet View (1x)

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The planet view provides details on the selected planet such as biome, weather, dangers, size, gravity, threat and more. It also displays the required fuel cost to travel in the lower left of the window.

Travelling between planets in the same system is free. A small red arrow indicates your that ship is currently orbiting this planet. A small green bookmark indicates that this planet has been bookmarked.

System View (2x)

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The system map provides an outline of planet types in the selected system. They can be planets, gas giants, asteroid fields or gates depending on the icon.

A small red arrow indicates that your ship is currently orbiting that planet. A small green bookmark indicates that planet has been bookmarked. A gas giant with a green bookmark icon indicates either it or one of its satellites have been bookmarked.

Galaxy View (3x)

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The galaxy view shows stars, each of which has a system of planets around it. Stars are coloured according to their type which dictates the threat and biomes of planets around them.
  • Gentle (White): Safer planets; Forests and deserts.
  • Temperate (Orange): Planets of moderate threat or lower, including oceans, deserts, snow and forests.
  • Radioactive (Yellow): Planets with high radiation and a poisonous atmosphere and/or temperate planets. Planets with radioactivity need a radiation EPP upgrade to be safely visited.
  • Frozen (Blue): Planets that are freezing or in perpetual darkness. May also contain radioactive or temperate planets. Planets that are freezing require a heating EPP upgrade to safely visit them.
  • Fiery (Red): Planets that are consumed by lava or are outright dead. May also contain frozen or radioactive planets. Planets that are too scorching hot require a cooling EPP to safely visit.

A star with a small red arrow indicates your that ship is currently orbiting a planet in that star system. A star with a small green bookmark indicates that one or more planets in that star system have been bookmarked.