I do not necessarily disagree with Rixx. We are doing quite well on our own. Besides, I've met a few capsuleers that definitely count as alien in my time in New Eden. I wont go into details, but oh my lord there are some strange types lurking around the star lanes. I'm sure you've had more than a few run ins with those types of "aliens" yourself. But there is perhaps an even - bigger - reason why there are no aliens in New Eden.
I'd like to put a little perspective on New Eden's place in the greater scheme of things. This is partly spurred by Rixx's post, and also a Twitter stream yesterday by @webspaceships on what type of astronomical phenomena New Eden is. I'd actually not given it much thought before. But it got me curious. I'd just done the ship speed post showing how New Eden ships are slower than what humans build now. So my mind naturally went to, "How big IS New Eden in comparison to other astronomical things within our universe?"
This requires pictures, of course. First, lets start with a nice picture of known space. New Eden is called a cluster, but this is not an astronomical term in this instance. It merely describes all those systems humans have connected with star gates. That is the most frequent meaning of the term 'cluster' when applied to New Eden. That comprises 5431 stars in an area 106 light years by 90 light years by 25 light years - approximately 8500 square light years in all. Here's what it looks like.
|New Eden Cluster (Star Gate connected systems only)|
|Milky Way galaxy with New Eden Cluster Superimposed|