Speculation Edit

It's quite possible that the expanse is a very thin but wide area of space. Voyager seems to make about 83 - 100 light years a month. It might extend "up" and "down" across voyager's path but be only a few hundred light years "thick". --User: 03:05, April 27, 2007

Based on what evidence? --Alan 22:22, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

When they started out on the journey, they said it would take 70 years to travel 70,000 light years, so that comes out to at least 83 light years a month. Besides, it may be the most reasonable given what the erata notes point out. 02:38, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

I believe the request for evidence was based on your idea of it being thin. What evidence do you have to back that up? --OuroborosCobra talk 02:45, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
Ah. Well, it is a conjecture. Assuming that this was intentional by the show's writers, this seems somewhat likely (although you and Alan are right; no evidence). There was no mention of a subspace anomaly (which usually merits a mention or at least some kind of plot device like there was in "Night". It just seemed like the most reasonable explanation given how quickly they passed through it (a couple of months) and their apparent average velocity. 06:19, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
  • Despite the fact the Expanse is noted as being several thousand light years across, it seems curious that Voyager was able to cross it in little more than a month, especially given the ship's warp capacity and the inability of vessels to chart the region. Furthermore, it is never explained when exactly Voyager completed its journey through the Expanse. The period between the episodes "Unity" and "Darkling", however, is the most likely time, given that the former is explicitly set inside the Expanse while the latter episode is set in a completely different part of space.
Removed as speculation and unnecessary anyway. — Morder (talk) 02:52, October 10, 2009 (UTC)

Removed Edit

Because of this vast size, the Expanse functioned as a natural barrier of sorts, limiting contact between species on either side of the cloud. This accounted for the limited exposure of some species on the side of the cloud farther from the Alpha Quadrant, such as the Kazon and Vidiians to many of the technologically superior, and often more aggressive, species on the side nearer the Alpha Quadrant such as the Borg, Hirogen and Krenim.

I removed this as lacking citation. I am fairly certain this is just conjecture.--Cleanse ( talk ) 01:02, March 10, 2018 (UTC)