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‘Star Wars’ In Alphabetical Order Is Such A Jedi Mind Trick

by Elizabeth Howell June 4, 2014

We all remember the lightsaber fight from Star Wars: A New Hope, yes? So you might be surprised to learn the iconic word was only uttered once in the first film of the franchise. This revelation comes after an intrepid soul (Tom Murphy) assembled all the English dialog of the movie in the video above, which […]

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Astrophoto: Sunset Echo

by Nancy Atkinson June 2, 2014

Sunset on Tatooine? Nah, just an unusual combination of a dazzling orange sunset, clouds and a sun pillar that creates an “echo” effect of the setting Sun. As seen by astrophotographer Dave Walker in the UK on May 31, 2014. Nancy Atkinson on Google+

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Evil Empire Beware: Gas Giant Planets are Hard to Destroy

by Nancy Atkinson March 6, 2013

Last year, physicists worked out the plausibility of a fully functional (if not fictional) Death Star being able to destroy planets, and found that the Galactic Empire’s technological terror could indeed destroy Earth-like rocky planets, but a Jupiter-sized gas planet would be a tough challenge. Now, real but theoretical modeling confirms that gas giants like […]

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Could a ‘Death Star’ Really Destroy a Planet?

by Ray Sanders January 18, 2012

Countless Sci-Fi fans vividly remember the famous scene in Star Wars in which the Death Star obliterates the planet Alderaan. Mirroring many late night caffeine-fueled arguments among Sci-Fi fans, a University of Leicester researcher asks the question: Could a small moon-sized battle station generate enough energy to destroy an Earth-sized planet?

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Kepler Mission Discovers “Tatooine-like” Planet

by Ray Sanders September 15, 2011

In a news conference today, Kepler mission scientists announced the first confirmed circumbinary planet ( a planet that orbits a binary star system). The planet in question, designated Kepler-16b has been compared to the planet Tatooine from the Star Wars saga. Would it be possible for someone like Luke Skywalker to stand on the surface […]

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