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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
The transitions to and from jumpspace are momentous occasions during an interstellar trip.
Following an old Vilani superstition, the pilot of a ship customarily dims the ship's interior and exterior lights before going into jump.
Historically, this custom derived from the need for most of the ship's power to be diverted into the computer and jump drive systems, so that the Jump Drive could be guided into creating the jump field properly.
Lights on a ship are typically dimmed for a period of about two minutes; the lights are brought back up to full strength as soon as the ship is in jumpspace.