Could the Planets in Star Wars Actually Support Life?

Could the Planets in Star Wars Actually Support Life

We know the Star Wars franchise is big on imagination. This wonder and mystery is one thing that made it so appealing to fans. Amazing creatures, large vast planets and creative characters are some of the key elements that made Star Wars so great. That said, there have always been those who would question the logic behind the Star Wars story. One thing that makes the planets of Star Wars stand out is the unique environment that each one had. Whether it was vast barren stretches of sand or a planet covered in ice, there was always some unique feature that stood out in each planet. This begs the question: Could any living thing actually survive there?

Wired.com has a very interesting piece where they cover some of the popular planets of Star Wars and consider whether or not they would actually be able to support life. Here is an example in Tatooine:

Monosystem: Desert
Climate: Hot, arid

The first planet we “visit” in the original Star Warstrilogy is the desert world of Tatooine, a harsh planet where the surface has been scorched by binary stars and moisture must be farmed from the air. The idea of a desert world (seemingly) is revisited in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but J.J. Abrams says the world seen in the teasers isn’t Tatooine, but Jakku, which may or may not be an all-desert world.

Most coverage, however, points to Jakku being a desert planet. It certainly looks Tatooine-esque in the trailer; and the upcoming Star Wars Battlefrontvideogame promises a DLC for the “Battle of Jakku,” which EA says occurs on a “remote desert planet.” We’ll have to wait and see the game—and The Force Awakens—to know whether Jakku is a desert world or one of more varied terrain.

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So they go on to cover Hoth, Anoat Asteroid Belt, Bespin, the Forest Moon of Endor, and other miscellaneous planets. They answer the question of “Could it exist?” It’s really quite a bit fun to read. Head on over and check it out for yourself if you haven’t already and let us know what you think.

Source: Wired.com – Star Wars Planetary Science

Lisa Mason

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.