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How fast could the Emporer from Star Wars lightning be?

  1. Jun 29, 2016 #1
    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?
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  3. Jun 29, 2016 #2


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  4. Jun 29, 2016 #3
  5. Jun 30, 2016 #4


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    No, why should size matter in this instance?

    Lightning is an electric charge traveling through the air.

    The link below talks about the very first stroke that travels 30m at a time and pauses for 50usecs before traveling another 30m which implies it travels in spurts creating a tube for other strokes to follow.

  6. Jun 30, 2016 #5
    hm at 2:35 do you think it did just that? traveled a short distance then paused? i just find it hard to believe since they usually dont have even microsecond reactions in star wars
  7. Jun 30, 2016 #6

    Jonathan Scott

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    According to the rules of that universe, the Force effectively enables its users to see a short way into the future, which means light-speed reactions are not required. This is typically demonstrated by the Jedi ability to deflect weapons fire with a light saber.

    And the "lightning" does not appear to be like our lightning, but rather a continuous discharge which moves forward at a fast but visible speed.
  8. Jun 30, 2016 #7
    If you remember the dinner at Annakin's house in Epi 1 Qui-gon Jin said that Jedi could see things before they happened. So its a matter of how far ahead Mace could see, far enough ahead to complete the physical actions necessary to be not where it was going to hit?
  9. Jun 30, 2016 #8
    a vast but visible speed/continuous discharge? could you explain a bit more?
  10. Jun 30, 2016 #9
    He meant that the leading edge of the lightning can be seen advancing toward the target. It doesn't act like light, doesn't move at what we would perceive as instantaneous.

    Personally I imagine that was artistic rather than "real world".
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