Coordinates, coordinates, coordinates! What are they and what do they mean?
No Man’s Sky has multiple ways to tell you where you are in the universe! Your address boils down (in order of magnitude) to the following (with links to the relevant pages in the NMS Wiki:
- Galaxy – The capitol of the Empire, Eld Galactic Prime is in the Euclid galaxy.
- Quadrant – The capitol is in the Beta quadrant.
- Region – The capitol is in the Tufinglu Adjunct region.
- Star System – The capitol is the Eld Galactic Prime.
- Planet – The capitol is Eld Earth.
- Hemisphere – The capitol is in the Southern and Eastern hemispheres of Eld Earth.
- Ground Coordinates – The capitol is Eld Imperial Palace, at -5.63, -117.73.
Star Systems have multiple coordinate systems to identify them, and planets use ground coordinates to identify your location on the ground.
Portal Glyph Coordinates are icon-based coordinates that can be used at portals to quickly jump from one location to another. Collecting all 16 glyphs through the appropriate mission path is necessary before using these portals.
Each Portal glyph has a corresponding alphanumeric character so a portal glyph can be represented by its image, or by a number. For example, the portal coordinates for Eld Galactic Prime is also rendered as 20537FCD77FD.
Portal Glyphs are found by interacting with portals directly.
If you have all the glyphs, when you use photo mode, the glyphs will appear in the lower left corner of your picture.
Galactic coordinates are a 16-digit code in groups of 4 that represents where a star system is in the galaxy. They are galaxy-dependent; using the same coordinates in one galaxy will take you somewhere different in a different galaxy.
Galactic coordinates are easy to find. Set up a Signal Booster and open it. The galactic coordinates are the last 6 digits shown when the signal booster comes online.
Ground coordinates are visible in the visor when scanning, and on your ship’s dashboard while flying.
The coordinate system is based on latitude and longitude. The first number is the latitude (horizontal); a positive value is in the Northern hemisphere, while negative values are in the Southern hemisphere. The second number represents longitude, with negative values being in the Western hemisphere and positive values being in the Eastern hemisphere.
Some Important Locations
With ground coordinates of -5.63, -117.73, the Eld Imperial Palace is in the South West portion of the planet, near the equator.
With ground coordinates of -10.87, – 103.74, the Eld Earth portal is in the South West portion of the planet.
These coordinates are not used for navigation, but are instead the ultimate internal code for where something is in the No Man’s Sky universe. You may need to provide them to Hello Games when filing a support ticket, or they are sometimes used in the Save Editor. They are not accessible inside the game.
The Universal address for Eld Galactic Prime is 2045:127:-809:0:83:2
There is a coordinate converter for Galactic and Portal coordinates available online.
For PC users, No Man’s Connect provides a registry system for star systems.