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Beyond the stars

If something is from "beyond the stars", where is it really from?

Can it be from beyond a mere two stars? (Sometimes, both our sun and theirs would intervene, after all.) Does it have to be from beyond *all* stars? Which stars are "the" stars?

This query brought to you via an ad for a book set near Alpha Centauri.

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theengineer
Jan. 6th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
These days, probably in a galactic void (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Void_%28astronomy%29).
daisho
Jan. 6th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
That'd be my vote within the known universe, certainly.

On the original question, beyond the stars FWIW implies 'outside of the known universe' to me. Although what that makes Battle Beyond the Stars, the low-budget sci-fi version of the Magnificent Seven, I don't know. :)