What is Star wars: Definition and 65 Discussions

Star Wars is an American epic space opera media franchise created by George Lucas, which began with the eponymous 1977 film and quickly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon. The franchise has been expanded into various films and other media, including television series, video games, novels, comic books, theme park attractions, and themed areas, comprising an all-encompassing fictional universe. In 2020, its total value was estimated at US$70 billion, and it is currently the fifth-highest-grossing media franchise of all time.
The original film (Star Wars), retroactively subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope (1977), was followed by the sequels Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983), forming the original Star Wars trilogy. Lucas later returned to filmmaking to direct a prequel trilogy, consisting of Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005). In 2012, Lucas sold his production company to Disney, relinquishing his ownership of the franchise. The subsequently produced sequel trilogy consists of Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017), and Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
All nine films of the 'Skywalker saga' were nominated for Academy Awards with wins going to the first two releases. Together with the theatrical live action spin-off films Rogue One (2016) and Solo (2018), the combined box office revenue of the films equated to over US$10 billion and is currently the second-highest-grossing film franchise of all time.

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  1. F

    Advancing Star Wars Fighter Combat?

    I've seen many people describe Star Wars fighter combat as "WWII in space", and I really think that's a good description of it. But technology in the Star Wars universe seems to have... well, stagnated there. Even after honestly thousands of years, not much has changed on the front of...
  2. M

    Is there any way to send instantaneous signals w/o breaking causality?

    In Star Wars, they move FTL by accessing hyperspace which is a short-cut of sorts or like a wormhole that allows them to travel very fast without breaking causality as they are technically not in this dimension. FTL signals are also sent through this same dimension (called hyperwave...
  3. Grelbr42

    Happy Star Wars Day - May the 4th Be With You

    Happy Star Wars Day everybody. May the 4th be with you! And only 138 days until Talk Like a Pirate day.
  4. M

    If you are moving in a ship at FTL, could a pilot react at FTL?

    Faster than light travel is most likely impossible (at least in this dimension) BUT hypothetically I was thinking back to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At the near-end of the movie, Han Solo, Rey, Chewbacca, Finn and BB-8 get through Starkiller Base's shield by exploiting a loophole. The shield...
  5. M

    What kind of fusion do you think Star Wars has?

    Fusion power is mentioned a lot in Star Wars. In the Bad Batch arc of the second to last season of Clone Wars, the Separatist facility was powered by a fusion reactor. The A-wing is powered by fusion. GNK droids are walking fusion batteries and they have made fusion furnaces the size of a small...
  6. M

    Could the Star Wars galaxy possibly be a void galaxy?

    A void galaxy is a galaxy that exists in a cosmological void like the Bootes void. Most galaxies are clustered into filaments. Here is a link to the Wikipedia page for a void galaxy https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Void_galaxy Anyway, in Star Wars Legends, the Star Wars galaxy has 7 companion...
  7. M

    Mysteries of hyperspace in Star Wars?

    I was reading the Star Wars YT-1300 Complete Reference Manual and it mentioned that their are some aspects of hyperspace that remain a mystery aside from those well-established facts acknowledged by all competent astrophysicists. What could be one of the main mysteries? I can’t think of any.
  8. E

    Which is your favourite Star Wars film? [3 votes]

    Bit of fun. Vote for your top three!
  9. M

    What kind of telescope can see planets in other galaxies?

    I was recently looking at a comic reprinting of Retro Sci Fi Tales # 9, and the synopsis on the site spoke about a story of the "Exposition Universelle", where at a fictitious worlds fair in Paris in 1878, they unveil a "grand inter-galactic telescope so powerful that it can view the surfaces of...
  10. M

    Need some help with a fictional math equation

    Okay so I recently found out that in official canon, the Galactic Republic of Star Wars was founded 25,000 years before the first original movie. Hyperdrives were presumably invented around 25,000 BBY. By the time of the Phantom Menace which is in the year 32 BBY, Technology has stayed basically...
  11. E

    New Star Wars film "announced"....

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52535428 Pretty exciting news, I thought Taika's episode of the Mandalorian was the best of the bunch and the other films of his that I've seen (Thor Ragnarok/Jojo Rabbit) are pretty solid. Any ideas as to when it might be set? There was talk of...
  12. M

    What’s a good name for a phenomenon where time moves differently?

    I’m trying to come up with a term to describe how time moves slower or faster in different places of a galaxy. I’m trying to explain how in Star Wars, things seem to move differently for different characters in separate locations. I’m trying to argue that Han limping to Bespin took “longer” than...
  13. M

    Some hypothetical limits for the Star Wars universe?

    I’ve read many Legends and Canon Star Wars books and I always take away stuff on their limits of technology and science. Over the years; here are some things they said science can’t do. 1.) Cybernetic liver- In Lost Stars, it was said Ciena’s liver could not be replaced as it was one of the...
  14. DennisN

    Star Wars Episode 9 - The Rise of Skywalker (Spoiler thread)

    WARNING! This thread contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. If you have not yet seen the movie, we strongly encourage you to turn around and return once you have. Please use this thread for discussions about The Last Jedi, including spoilers. :smile:
  15. M

    Which of these would be the hardest to do (based on known science)?

    Hardest to do in the real world AND hardest to do in the Star Wars universe so two. They can also be the same one. 1.) SQUID like device- https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.engadget.com/amp/2009/07/31/movie-gadget-friday-strange-days/ 2.) Mind scanner- Something that can scan an organic beings...
  16. M

    Which of these technologies would be hard to do in Star Wars?

    This Wiki page I've been editing for months with stuff I've read on the internet. Based on existing science and tech already available in Star Wars, which of these would be challenging for a scientist in Star Wars to create? Try to explain why and you can pick multiple entries. Remember, Star...
  17. M

    Do you have to be beyond smart to be an engineer in the Star Wars galaxy?

    I could never be an engineer here on Earth. I’m too dumb. My math skills and spatial intelligence suck. I wonder. If I lived in the Star Wars galaxy, would it even be harder to be an engineer since everything is so much more advanced? I imagine engineering schools in the Star Ward galaxy only...
  18. M

    I Length Contraction & FTL Speeds: Are Lower Grades Faster?

    I’m not a physicist but let’s say hypothetically ;we have the Millennium Falcon. It’s FTL hyperdrive can go Class 0.5 past lightspeed. Then we have an X-wing which has a Class 1 past lightspeed drive. This is all from the lore. MF is 0.5 and X Wing is 1 but MF is faster. Anyway even though the...
  19. DennisN

    The Mandalorian (upcoming Star Wars tv series, 2019)

    Since there are many Star Wars and SF fans on PF, I wanted to share some info about the upcoming Star Wars tv series The Mandalorian, scheduled to premiere November 12, 2019. Minor spoilers below (info about setting and background): As far as I know there has not been any teaser or trailer...
  20. M

    What avenue of physics can a scientist in the Star Wars galaxy study?

    What I’m looking for is some new avenue of physics for a scientist in the Star Wars galaxy to be studying. They probably know what dark matter and dark energy are since Starkiller Base is powered by it. I’m sure they know about how the universe began, why it’s expanding and what it’s fate is...
  21. DennisN

    Star Wars Episode 9 - The Rise of Skywalker (Upcoming)

    Ok, we've got the first trailer/teaser from the next Star Wars Movie, which is named "The Rise of Skywalker": (it looks promising to me, and I hope it will be better than "The Last Jedi" which was a bit disappointing to me) Star Wars: Episode IX – Teaser
  22. DennisN

    Empire Strikes Back Documentary (1980)

    Hi! Today I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of small pictures suddenly were uploaded as a complete video. I feel something amazing has happened. On a second thought it probably wasn't the Force. It was just a notification I got since a friend emailed me about a new...
  23. E

    China Develops Laser Gun Like Star Wars: Burns Through Skin

    China develops new laser gun similar to Star Wars. It can burn through skin to produce immense agony. Here...
  24. DennisN

    Solo: A Star Wars Story (Upcoming)

    (In this one I personally do not believe. But surprised I could be, who knows...) Trailer 1:
  25. S

    Star Wars: Episode IX (upcoming) wish list

    Any clues of the plots in Star Wars Episode IX (after the Last Jedi)? I hope they would introduce more fearsome adversaries.. so far .. the most fearsome character was Darth Maul.. But he was not that scary.. he even looked a bit boring... Star Wars must introduce characters that can send...
  26. scottdave

    Death by light saber - YouTube video

    I came across this YouTube video describing some of the "science" behind light sabers, and what it would be like to be hit with one. I thought it was worth sharing.
  27. X

    Anyone else celebrating Star Wars Day?

    Today is May 4th. I used a vacation day (I've got a quite a bit saved up) and am home watching the Star Wars movies in machete order. Just curious if anyone else is celebrating this sacred holiday and if so how?
  28. DennisN

    Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (upcoming)

    Ok, the next Star Wars, Episode 8, is named "The Last Jedi" and here is a brand new teaser, the first I think. "Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Arriving in your galaxy December 15."
  29. RooksAndBooks

    Carrie Fisher, Actress of Princess Leia, Dies at 60

    More at http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/carrie-fisher-princess-leia-in-star-wars-dead-at-60-w457713 You will be missed, Carrie Fisher.
  30. M

    How Is a Star Wars Blaster Magnetic Field Maintained?

    it's widely recognised that in star wars that their blaster bolts are plasma contained inside a magnetic field but, how is this magnetic field maintained after the initial firing? why does the field go away after it hits something? I'm not really looking for some big cannon explanation (although...
  31. RooksAndBooks

    British Actor Kenny Baker, Known for R2-D2 Role, Dies at 81 - CNN

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/13/entertainment/actor-kenny-baker-dies/ R2-D2 was perhaps my favorite droid in the Star Wars universe. R2-D2 appeared in every Star Wars movie. RIP, Kenny Baker.
  32. TheQuietOne

    How Does Repulsorlift Technology Work in Star Wars?

    I am working on another star wars project but i need to know how a repulsorlift works ... any ideas?
  33. R

    How fast could the Emporer from Star Wars lightning be?

    Remember when he shot it at Mace Windu? How fast was that? Does it mean Mace Windu can react at the speed of ligfht?? What about when he shot Luke Skywraker with it? Or Hano Solo? basic Question?: How fast is star wars lightning?
  34. Willfrid Somogyi

    What Species are "People" in Star Wars?

    One big plot hole seems to be the fact Star Wars is set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and yet somehow there are humans. Can anyone tell me whether they are actually humans or whether they just have an extremely uncanny resemblance but are in fact another species, is there concrete...
  35. TheQuietOne

    FTL Collisions in Star Wars: Fact or Fiction?

    I am a big Star Wars fan and I was just wondering what would happen if two Star Destroyers collided during lightspeed? could it be possible to go so fast you could go through something without destroying it?
  36. F

    Highest content of real physics Stargate/Star trek/Star wars

    People, and lots of documentaries, keep going on about how Star trek predicted this and that... Then Star wars is again supplied by a huge never ending bandwagon of fans without any real reason... Saber made of light that stops mid air, really? What about Stargate SG1? I think it's very...
  37. F

    Can a Light-Whip Exist in Star Wars?

    Hi, Is a light-whip possible in Star Wars world? We see no light-sabers bending in the story but there is no opposite evidence that light can't bend. Wouldn't be cool a red light-whip in a darth's hand?
  38. P

    Luke And Leia Ageing In Star Wars

    I read an article https://physics.le.ac.uk/journals/index.php/pst/article/view/716/516 that suggested graduate students (or higher) had actually bothered to 'calculate' the dilation effects on Luke Skywalker and Leia from Star Wars to show how they, whilst born as twins, could not be the same...
  39. F

    Using physics to determine the weight of Yoda

    This article in Wired http://www.wired.com/2015/08/used-physics-calculate-much-yoda-weighs/ describes a calculation of Yoda's weight from a still from The Empire Strikes Back. The author, Rhett Allain, is an Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. I didn't go...
  40. S

    Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens

    Released, the teaser trailer has been
  41. moriheru

    Ultimate Star Wars Character Showdown: Who Will Be the Last One Standing?

    Greetings, Picture the following scenario: In an large Arena the all Star wars characters duell with each other in groups of two,which character would survive the longest. Note the following the arena may be completely neutral thus containing no manipulatable objects and is completely isolated...
  42. dontbearrogant

    Exploring Energy Shields in Star Wars Fiction

    So being a Star Wars buff I can't help but wonder if it would be possible to make a similar type of energy shield as per what are mentioned in the vast collection of Star Wars books out there, any thoughts anybody?
  43. Greg Bernhardt

    Star Wars old cast is coming back for a new movie

    My gut feeling says this is a bad idea, but the star wars crazed kid in my is giggy! http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/star-wars-stars-reuniting-sequel-lucas-lets-slip-172815308.html
  44. G

    Star Wars: How the lightsaber works.

    Hello everyone, I have recently become interested in the physics behind the Star Wars saga and more particularly in the lightsaber. I have found an article on the web about, but not being very good in physics yet, there is a part which I find very hard to understand. I was just wondering if...
  45. C

    Star Wars Books - A Lot of Beginner Questions

    I was browsing through BN yesterday and realized there are a ton of Star Wars books on the shelf. Now, as a fan of the movies and a follower of The Clone Wars show, I thought the books may be of interest to me. My first question is where to start? Do I need to go in a specific order or can...
  46. F

    Forces in Equilibirum? Star Wars forces?

    Forces in Equilibirum? Star Wars forces? Homework Statement http://iweb.tntech.edu/murdock/books/v4chap1.pdf Go to question 11 where you see three charges hanging. The solution is something i don't understand. The forces between the middle and left or right are the same. But the...
  47. Ivan Seeking

    Artificial Telekinesis - The Star Wars Force Trainer

    "Artificial Telekinesis" - The Star Wars Force Trainer Seems to be legit. I have been aware of work with this technology, but I think this is the first commercial product that I've seen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJbIGJrQK84 In fact the toy seems to have been around for a time...
  48. J

    Pulley + Projection Dynamics/Kinematics Q [Star Wars]

    I got this today as a take home bonus after a grade 12 physics test on kinematics and dynamics. QUESTION: Han Solo is holding a rope that is supporting Princess Leia, of mass 55 alistones (an alien unit of mass), 3 zons (an alien unit of length) above the ground as shown. Han, of mass 80...
  49. Cyrus

    Star Wars + Legos = Yes Im a big Dork .whatever. I still think this is COOL.

    Star Wars + Legos = Yes I am a big Dork...whatever. I still think this is COOL. Sweeeeet. That's freakin awesome. http://www.flickr.com/photos/23575410@N05/ That kid must have spend a few grand on that. Legos are $$$ expensive.