10 Planets From The Star Wars Universe That Exist In Our Own

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Like it or not, there is no denying that Star Wars has had an immeasurable cultural impact on our society. Birthing iconic moments and revolutionizing the science fiction genre, Star Wars will always be a beloved series, even by those who are not into movies. George Lucas crafted lovable and intriguing characters (not including the prequels) and created a phenomenal universe full of unique and inspired planets. Some of those planets have doppelgangers which could exist in our own universe.

Though it should be noted that Lucas personally didn’t write all the Star Wars novels, comics, games, tie-in TV shows, and so on, they’re all considered canon. The planets and moons mentioned in the list below all appear in at least one of the current six Star Wars films and are thus Lucas’s creations, though the finer details may have been fleshed out by someone else. Either way, it’s really quite stunning that fictional planets, containing extreme ecosystems or unfathomable features, could exist in a solar system far, far away.

Kepler-47c: Home Of Tatooine’s Iconic Binary Sunsets

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Perhaps one of the most iconic scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope, if not the entire franchise, is the awe-inspiring binary sunset on Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. That, coupled with John William’s sublime score, never fails to induce goosebumps among moviegoers. It’s a moment that sci-fi fans cherish, which makes the fact that this world may actually exist all the more tantalizing.

In 2012, astronomers discovered Kepler-47c, an exoplanet nearly 5,000 light-years away, lying within the all-important habitable zone of the Kepler-47 binary star system. Kepler-47c follows a circumbinary orbit, which would allow the beautiful double sunsets of Tatooine. Circumbinary orbit means that a planet orbits two stars instead of one, so the planet couldn’t have formed within this orbit but instead migrated into it.

But before you pack your lightsabers and Jawaese phrase books, you should know that despite lying in the habitable zone, Kepler-47c is, in fact, an uninhabitable gas giant. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any desert moons orbiting the distant star. Until astronomers can get a closer look at the system, we can live in hope.

Enceladus: Hoth’s Twin

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The infamous Battle of Hoth solidified The Empire Strikes Back as the vast majority of fans’ favorite Star Wars film. This snow-covered Tauntaun habitat could very well exist and may be a lot closer than you may think. Saturn’s icy moon of Enceladus is rife with cryovolcanic activity on its south pole, meaning that instead of spewing out lava, it erupts water and other volatiles. The cold conditions mean that the water falls back to the surface as snow, albeit at an incredibly slow rate of 0.0001 centimeters (0.0004 in) per year.

Never fear though, for snowfalls as deep as 100m have been discovered on Enceladus. Due to the moon’s incredibly low gravity, the snow particles that form would be only a few microns across (making them finer than talcum powder), meaning that an unsuspecting AT-AT walker would easily sink into some of the deeper patches of snow.

Europa: The Smaller, Younger Mygeeto

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The frozen planet of Mygeeto is now the grave of Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi, who was betrayed by his own clone troopers and tragically gunned down by CC-1138. You may barely remember this scene, as it fell within the densely packed montage of Jedi deaths featured in Star Wars: Episode III. While the events that occurred on Mygeeto were pretty underwhelming, the similarities between Europa and this frozen world are really quite striking.

The fictional planet of Mygeeto has a cold, barren, icy surface due to years of dormant tectonic activity. Jupiter’s fourth-largest moon, Europa could be a younger version of Mygeeto (even though it’s a moon, not a planet) with a smooth, crater-free, icy surface, indicating plenty of geological activity. (The general rule of planetology is the fewer craters on a surface, the younger and more active it must be, because lava has covered up any craters.) Once this young moon cools completely, the ice will remain long after the tectonic shifts have stopped, thus creating a smaller version of Mygeeto in our very own solar system.

Europa is also covered in jagged ice blades, some protruding 10 meters (33 ft) above the surface, making it an ideal place to have a disappointing, unimportant battle sequence involving characters that few care about.

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