I was bored and decided to try to find out where in space Red Dwarf should be, taking into account the episodes and the novel. I know there are some inconsistencies overall in the franchise but the initial journey direction and time elapsed are certain. So from various sources we know RD sets out from Mimas (a moon of Saturn) to Triton (a moon of Neptune) in 2180/2181: From Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers: Been on Mimas long?' 'Six months.' 'It's a bit of a dump, right?' 'It's a lot of a dump.' 'Wait till we get to Triton. Triton's OK.' 'Triton?' Lister's brow furrowed. 'We're going to Earth.' 'Sure, we're going to Earth. But first we've got to go to Triton to get the ore to take to Earth.' Lister closed his eyes. 'Where's Triton?' 'Round Neptune .' 'Oh,' said Lister. 'Neptune. Right.' He took a swig from Petersen's nearly-empty whisky can. 'Where's Neptune ?' 'From here?' Petersen took out a calculator. 'I'll tell you exactly.' He punched a lot of numbers into the machine. 'It's two billion, seven hundred and seven million miles away.' (That line was incorrect, they are on Mimas, in 2180/2181 Neptune will be three billion two hundred thirty three million miles away from Mimas) Lister sighed like a burst tyre. 'How long is that going to take?' 'Say, eighteen months,' said Petersen. Now they were on their way to Neptune (actually: Triton), for Pluto's solstice, when Pluto took over from Neptune as the outermost planet of the solar system. They'd been travelling for five years, and so far they'd only managed to bum their way up to Saturn. Still, they weren't in a particular hurry - the solstice wasn't going to happen for another fifty years (in reality about 75/80 years). From the moment he discovered that the cadmium II had achieved critical mass, Holly had less than fifteen nanoseconds to act. He sealed off as much of the ship as possible - the whole cargo area, and the ship's supply bay. Simultaneously, he set the drive computer to accelerate far beyond the dull green-blue disc of Neptune in the distance, and out into the abyss of unknown space. From Mimas to Triton on Mar 23 2181 takes you in the direction of spiral galaxy IC 1417 (248 million ly distant) The cruising speed of Red Dwarf is 200,000mph according to page 131 of Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers. - After 3 million years acceleration (actually 2978075), it is travelling at 669,555,000mph (page 132). Working backwards from Krysis, we can calculate that Lister came out of stasis in the year 2978075. The distance travelled would be 1.4172563125035002e+22 metres = ~1.5 million light years. So a space craft which started travelling from Mimas to Triton in 2181 would yield this view out of the window in 2978075, the moment Holly woke Lister from stasis (if your monitor was a window ) With Andromeda 60 degrees to the left and slightly above: With the Milky Way covering about 3 degrees of the sky (6 times wider than a full moon viewed from Earth.) Andromeda 60 degrees to the left and 50 degrees higher, you would see both easily infront of you. As we can see this is well outside the galactic plane. Because these spaces are enormous there is nothing here. The average density being one atom for every square meter. It's empty. The only possibly large scale bodies here are (very) occasional hyper velocity stars which have been ejected from their parent galaxy. These are stars travelling at between 1 and 10 million miles per hour in intergalactic space. Even if in the 10 years since Lister came out of stasis RD had continuously traveled at light speed somewhere (which it didn't) it would be 10 units removed from the current 1500000 unit location away from Earth. It would pretty much still be right here.