Alderson Points are areas of gravitational synchronicity between two nearby stellar objects (usually between 3 to 9 light years apart but dependent on the masses of the objects). These synchronicities allow for a special "jump" drive to instantaneously transport a ship from one point to the other. Their probable presence and general location can be estimated via star maps, system wide sensor data, and computer calculations. Their specific presence can only be detected within 50,000 km. And whether they are fully formed and functioning can only be determined by spinning up an Alderson Drive in its exact position. The drive will only reach maximum potential in the presence of a fully formed Alderson Point. At that time a "jump" occurs if the engine is engaged.