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  Star Map!

This is the main window that you will be looking at most of the time.

Now, about what you are looking at:
Planets with White names you know nothing about. If they are Bright yellow, you have recent data on it, if it is dark yellow, you only have some data about it.

Planets with Green circles around them are yours, Red are other peoples planets. If the planet has a blue ring with the green, it was recently colonized and has a Log about it. But, if there are lots of rings over planets, you most likely have resource rings turned on.

Depending on options, ship can appear as crosses or as icons, same with pods.

Now, for all objects in this game, if they are purple, it is old data that you are looking at. Meaning it could no longer be there and you wouldn't know about it.