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Why couldn't the crew of the Phoenix use known pulsars to determine their position?

They tried. In Foreigner, we have the navigator McDonough: He started looking for pulsars. When you were out of short yardsticks you looked for the long ones, the ones that wouldn’t lie, and you ...
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Why couldn't the crew of the Phoenix use known pulsars to determine their position?

If a spaceship travels through a space warp into an unknown region of space or gets lost some other way the navigators should look for familiar objects. Fortunately space is transparent. Very ...
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Why couldn't the crew of the Phoenix use known pulsars to determine their position?

I'm not familiar with the series, but perhaps the information was forgotten. Or perhaps the author just doesn't know about pulsars. Also it's likely that navigation by pulsar is more difficult than ...
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