The stargates in the Pegasus galaxy have different glyphs on them than the ones in the Milky Way galaxy (which are mainly cosmetic) and there are fewer glyphs on the Pegasus galaxy gates. I don't remember the glyphs on the gates on board the Destiny, but I do remember that they seem to have a much more limited range. They can't connect to gates all over the local galaxy, like Milky Way gates seem to be able to do.

Are there other differences? What are the differences between the gates on the Destiny, in the Milky Way, and in the Pegasus galaxy?

  • The glyphs on Destiny's gates are a plain numerical sequence, made with dots and dashes. And yeah, they're limited to a small section of the galaxies seen on-screen (which maaay just mean they're enormous galaxies..?)
    – Izkata
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 4:11

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Destiny Gate System

  • Age: Oldest
  • Network Span: Intergalactic (unknown size)
  • Number of symbols on gate ring: 36
  • Glyph design: Abstract; do not represent any constellations (since it is a dynamically evolving network spanning multiple galaxies)
  • Address size: 7 for pan-galactic, 9 for intergalactic
  • Range: Low; requires proximity for dialing (cannot dial all gates within a galaxy) unless dialing intergalactic
  • Point of origin (POO): No unique POO per gate; all gates are of an identical design

Milky Way Gate System

  • Age: Second oldest
  • Span: Pan-galactic + intergalactic
  • Symbols: 39
  • Glyph design: Constellations
  • Address size: 7 for pan-galactic, 8 for intergalactic (when dialing fixed destinations), 9 for dialing moving destinations (e.g Destiny)
  • Point of origin: Unique to each gate
  • Range: Pan-galactic under normal operation
  • Other features: Manual dial capability (gate ring can be rotated by hand or mechanically)

Pegasus Gate System

  • Age: Latest
  • Span: Pan-galactic + intergalactic
  • Symbols: 36
  • Glyph design: Pegasus constellations
  • Address size: Same as milky way system
  • Point of origin: ??
  • Range: Pan-galactic under normal operation
  • Other features:
    • No moving parts
    • No manual dialing
    • Restricted intergalactic dialing (requires special crystal only present in Atlantis DHD)
    • Backward compatibility with older gate systems
    • Overrides any older gates in the same location
  • I forgot one more thing. The Destiny gate seems to retain its address despite moving through space. Whereas other gates' addresses need to be recalculated when they move.
    – HNL
    Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 6:17
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    Source(s)? Please add to the answer Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 11:23
  • Moving isn't the key to a 9 point dialing. I think it is extreme distance, but I'm not sure... Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 13:13
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    Don't forget Destiny's lack of DHDs Commented Feb 17, 2012 at 18:38
  • @DVK Everything is from SG-1, SGA and SGU episodes I've watched. The number of symbols in the Destiny system is the only think I had too look up from stargate.wikia.com/wiki/Glyph. I could reference individual episodes, but it's going to take a lot of time.
    – HNL
    Commented Feb 18, 2012 at 3:13

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