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The science fantasy interstellar epic Star Wars uses science and technology in its settings and storylines, though they are not considered "hard" science fiction. Science fantasy is a mixed genre of story which contains some science fiction and some fantasy elements. ... The interstellar medium (or ISM) is a term used in astronomy to describe the rarefied gas and dust that exists between the stars (or their immediate circumstellar environment) within a galaxy. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Part of a scientific laboratory at the University of Cologne. ... By the mid 20th century humans had achieved a mastery of technology sufficient to leave the surface of the Earth for the first time and explore space. ... Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ...


The iconic status that Star Wars has gained in popular culture allows it to be used as an accessible introduction to real scientific concepts. Some of the technologies used in the Star Wars universe are impossible, according to current theory. However, the process of understanding why they are considered impossible can educate people while simultaneously entertaining them.

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Specific phenomena

Tatooine’s twin suns

Tatooine's twin suns, Tatoo I and Tatoo II.
Tatooine's twin suns, Tatoo I and Tatoo II.

Episode IV contains a scene where Luke Skywalker stands and watches the double sunset of Tatooine’s twin suns. No binary stars have been discovered to have orbiting planets. However, astronomers have indicated that this is theoretically possible and, in at least one astronomer's case, that "I don't see anything that's astronomically incorrect about [that scene]."[1] Such a planet would orbit its stars' common center of mass. For Tatooine to do so, it would need to be about four times or more the distance away from the stars as the stars are from each other. Otherwise, gravitational interactions between the three bodies would destabilize their orbits. Additionally, at least one astronomer believes that the double sunset scene should have shown the spherical twin stars with a slightly more oval shape, as their mutual gravitational attraction would have distorted both.[2] Image File history File linksMetadata TatooineSuns. ... Image File history File linksMetadata TatooineSuns. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... Luke Skywalker is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, portrayed by Mark Hamill in the films Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. ... In George Lucass Star Wars saga, Tatooine is the home planet of the Skywalker family, the setting for much of the action in the sagas films (as well as several of the novels and other pieces of written fiction) and one of the most iconic Star Wars planets. ... A binary star system consists of two stars both orbiting around their barycenter. ... In physics, the center of mass of a system of particles is a specific point at which, for many purposes, the systems mass behaves as if it were concentrated. ...


Asteroid field in Episode V

In Episode V, after the Battle of Hoth, the Millennium Falcon is pursued by imperial ships through a dense asteroid field. The chunks of rock in the field are moving at rapid speeds, constantly colliding, and densely packed. Ordinarily, an asteroid field or belt is unlikely to be so densely packed with large objects, because collisions reduce large objects to rubble that then eventually aggregates into planetoids by mutual attraction. Such a densely packed field could exist if it is either “young and transient” or “dominated by an external force”; there are a few clues that either might be happening in this scene of the movie.[3] Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 science fiction film directed by Irvin Kershner. ... Combatants Galactic Empire Rebel Alliance Commanders Admiral Piett General Veers Darth Vader General Carlist Rieekan Princess Leia Luke Skywalker Strength 9 AT-AT walkers Several AT-ST walkers Several AT-AR walkers Several AT-PT walkers Snowtroopers E-Web Repeating blasters Death Squadron Imperial-class (Mark II) Star Destroyers Super... The Millennium Falcon is a starship that first appeared in the original Star Wars film, A New Hope. ...


In contrast to Star Wars, the ship of "2001: A Space Odyssey", (Discovery One)'s course took it directly through the asteroid belt in 2001, without real fear of collision on the part of the mission organizers. A movie poster from the original release of 2001 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is an immensely popular and influential science fiction film and book; the film directed by Stanley Kubrick and the book written by Arthur C. Clarke. ... Discovery One is a fictional spacecraft shown in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For details on the physical properties of bodies in the asteroid belt see Asteroid and Main-belt comet. ...


Sound

Star Wars, like much science fiction, has various action sounds in space that the characters react to and are apparently aware of. But sound, as a pressure wave, must propagate through some form of matter. Since space is vacuous, it cannot actually carry sound waves. Two explanations have been posited. First, it is possible that the various ships’ deflector shields, when hit with radiation from explosions or blasters, cause the ships themselves to vibrate, producing sound. Second, the audio may be synthetically generated by ships’ sensor systems. Producing such sound would be beneficial because humans naturally react to their environment. It would also be an efficient use of a pilot’s limited senses during combat.[4] Sound is a disturbance of mechanical energy that propagates through matter as a longitudinal wave, and therefore is a mechanical wave. ...


One line points to some or all of the sound portrayals being synthesized for the benefit of the pilots. In A New Hope radio play, Han Solo tells Luke Skywalker: This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological...

Your sensors'll give you an audio simulation for a rough idea of where those fighters are when they're not on your screen. It'll sound like they're right there in the turret with you.[4]

Some of the sounds may also be generated inside the ships themselves; presumably if a blaster shot is fired or received, it will produce a sound inside the ship, even if it cannot be heard in other ships.


Yet, none of these explain why one would hear sound during external shots of vessels in space (although it may just be the sound that the ships in the shot can hear). Sound is commonly found in science fiction portrayals of space, as sound arguably lends to more interesting and engaging battles. See, for example, Physics and Star Trek (Sound and light in space). An editor has expressed a concern that the tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for an encyclopedia. ...


Star Wars technology

Individual technology is discussed in separate articles:


Technology


Vessels


Universe

The fictional Star Wars universe features an intricate array of different weapons, whose uses and powers range from interpersonal combat to destroying entire space stations or even planets and solar systems in single sweeps. ... Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope along side astromech droid R2-D2, and protocol droid C-3PO. This is the concept of the droid in science fiction. ... This article should appear in one or more categories. ... Holography (from the Greek, Όλος-holos whole + γραφή-graphe writing) is the science of producing holograms; it is an advanced form of photography that allows an image to be recorded in three dimensions. ... Inertial compensators, or inertial dampers (as they are more often called) are fictional devices aboard starships in some science fiction series, including Star Wars, Star Trek and Stargate. ... A shield (also known as deflector shield) in Star Wars in an invisible force of energy that is generated by shield generators. ... A tractor beam is a hypothetical device with the ability to attract one object to another from a distance. ... An ion engine test An ion thruster is a type of spacecraft propulsion that uses beams of ions for propulsion. ... A Klingon Bird of Prey from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country fires while using a cloaking device In several science fiction universes, a cloaking device is an advanced stealth system which causes a spaceship or individual to be invisible and extremely difficult to detect with normal sensors. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A repulsorlift is an anti-gravity technology in the fictional Star Wars universe, capable of levitating any object to which it is applied. ... The first Death Star, with TIE Fighters flying from it. ... The All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT), also called the Imperial Walker, was a major part of the Galactic Empires army in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... All Terrain Scout Transports are bipedal war machines used by the Galactic Empire in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... In the fictional Star Wars Expanded Universe, the AT-PT (All Terrain Personal Transport) is a single seat light anti-infantry walker developed and used during the latter years of the Old Republic era. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, the Lambda-class shuttle is a standard light utility aerospacecraft in use throughout the Imperial Navy. ... A group of Imperial Star Destroyers. ... A group of Imperial Star Destroyers. ... A group of Imperial Star Destroyers. ... TIE Fighter, see X-wing computer game series. ... The TIE interceptor, or T/I, a fictional starfighter in the Star Wars universe, is an improved version of the TIE fighter that is identifiable by its bent-wing and arrow-shaped side wing panels, as distinct from the hexagonal ones on its predecessor craft. ... The TIE bomber, a spacecraft of the fictional Star Wars universe, is a larger, less maneuverable version of the TIE Fighter used for destroying larger Rebel ships and pinpoint planetary bombardment. ... The TIE Defender is a fictional starfighter that appears in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, including several games in the X-wing computer game series and a few Star Wars novels. ... The TIE/Advanced fighter, also known as the TIE Advanced x1, is a prototype starfighter in the fictional Star Wars universe used by Darth Vader at the Battle of Yavin, many of its best design features were later incorporated into the TIE interceptor and the TIE Advanced ship dubbed the... In the fictional Star Wars saga, the Alpha-class Xg-1 Star Wing Assault Gunboat is a Imperial starfighter constructed by Cyngus Spaceworks. ... In the fictional Star Wars, the Missile Gunboat was an Imperial starfighter built by Sienar Fleet Systems to counter Admiral Zaarins TIE Defenders. ... Combatants Galactic Republic Sith Commanders Revan, Admiral Forn Dodonna, Master Vandar Tokare, Carth Onasi Sith Lord Darth Malak â€  and Sith apprentice Bastila Shan Strength Ground: Revan, Jedi, during the end Bastila Shan, Canderous Ordo, Jolee Bindo, Juhani, HK-47, Jedi Knights Space:21+ Old Republic medium cruisers, Aurek Fighters, Republic... The Nebulon-B Frigate is a starship from the fictional Star Wars universe, and it has also been known as the Escort Frigate or the Rebel Cruiser. ... Rear view The Corellian Corvette, also known as the Rebel Blockade Runner or simply Blockade Runner, is a ship from the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Home One- Mon Calamari Star Cruiser In the Star Wars fictional universe Mon Calamari Star Cruisers are the main cruisers in the Rebel Alliance/New Republic/Federation of Free Alliances fleet for a significant portion of the Galactic Civil War. ... X-wing fighters on their way into battle in a still from Star Wars. ... The Y-wing is one of the Rebel Alliance starfighters in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... The A-wing, an interceptor starfighter in the Star Wars universe, is used by the Rebel Alliance. ... The E-wing is a type of single-pilot starfighter in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. ... B-wing is also the title of an expansion pack to the Star Wars: X-Wing The B-wing is one of the Rebel Alliance starfighters in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... The Millennium Falcon is a starship that first appeared in the original Star Wars film, A New Hope. ... An illustration of the Incom/Subpro Z-95 Headhunter. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Scene from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope depicting the inside of the Millenium Falcon when entering hyperspace. ... The following are fictional planets set in the Star Wars universe. ... In the fictional Star Wars universe, Alderaan is the home of Princess Leia, Bail Organa and also, in 4000 BBY, Ulic Qel Droma who fought in the Great Sith War. ... Bespin is the planet in The Empire Strikes Back over which the floating city Cloud City hovers suspended by an antigravity pod. ... Corellia is a fictional planet in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars. ... Coruscant (pronounced //) is the name of a fictional planet in the Star Wars universe. ... Dagobah is both a planet and the system in which it resides, in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Distance from Core 43,300 light years Sector Moddell Number of Suns 2 Population 30 million Points of Interest Imperial Shield Generator (destroyed during Galactic Civil War) Surface water 8% Affiliation Galactic Empire, Rebel Alliance, Ewok In the fictional universe of Star Wars, the forest moon of Endor, also known... Geonosis is a planet from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. ... In the fictional universe of Star Wars, Hoth is the sixth planet of a remote system of the same name. ... —Obi-wan Kenobi Kamino is a world in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... Mustafar is a volcanic planet in the Star Wars universe. ... Naboo is a fictitious planet in the fictional Star Wars universe with a mostly green terrain and which is the homeworld of two societies: the Gungans who dwell in underwater cities and the humans who live in colonies on the surface. ... In George Lucass Star Wars saga, Tatooine is the home planet of the Skywalker family, the setting for much of the action in the sagas films (as well as several of the novels and other pieces of written fiction) and one of the most iconic Star Wars planets. ... Utapau is a city in southern Thailand. ... Wayland is the name of a mythical character and of some places in the United States of America: Weyland, the smith. ... Yavin 4 is one of the many moons of the gas planet Yavin in the Star Wars universe. ... Taris is a planet in the fictional Star Wars universe. ... It has been proposed below that Telos be renamed and moved to Telos (Star Wars). ...

See also

An editor has expressed a concern that the tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for an encyclopedia. ... Star Trek versus Star Wars typically refers to an ongoing polemic between fans of the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises, considered a rivalry more fevered than any other in the universe. ...

References

  1. ^ Many planets may have double suns BBC News, 29 March 2007, author unspecified, quoting astronomer David Trilling, of the University of Arizona. Retrieved 30 March 2007.
  2. ^ Tatooine: A planet with twin stars Retrieved 16 July 2006.
  3. ^ Star Wars Technical Commentaries, at [1]. Retrieved 16 July 2006.
  4. ^ a b Star Wars Technical Commentaries, at [2]. Retrieved 16 July 2006.

The current BBC News logo BBC News and Current Affairs is a major arm of the BBC responsible for the corporations newsgathering and production of news programmes on BBC television, radio and online. ... The University of Arizona (UA or U of A) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. ... Star Wars Technical Commentaries are a set of detailed documents exploring the nature and limits of the technology of the Star Wars universe. ... Star Wars Technical Commentaries are a set of detailed documents exploring the nature and limits of the technology of the Star Wars universe. ...

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