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Stardates are common usage in the Star Trek universe. You’d easily hear Captain Picard talking in the intro scene, “Captain’s log, stardate 41325.9”. These combinations of numbers are meant to give the viewer a sense of the future, without explicitly stating the exact timeframe in which the show occurs. Of course, we know that Star Trek: The Next Generation is set in the 24th century, but that’s beside the point.

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