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I always assumed that they were setting, for the symbolism of the twins (Luke and Leia) dropping off the map for a while, but I've heard people say they're rising, as kind of a reverse bookend for the setting suns scene in the original movie. Anyone know the official answer?

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Ash the soundtrack of that scene is named "Binary Sunset", I may assume that they're setting. – Trollwut Mar 16 '14 at 0:13
You're thinking of the scene from the original movie--the relevant track listing for Revenge of the Sith is "A New Hope and End Credits". – Milo Price Mar 16 '14 at 0:15
One is rising and one is setting.. – Evil Angel Mar 16 '14 at 0:32
@Richard ..not to mention, common sense. The rising/setting of a star is determined by the direction of rotation of the planet or satellite where the observer is located, as opposed to movement of the star(s) as such. – Andrew Thompson Mar 16 '14 at 3:51
@AndrewThompson Nope. The Force is strong on Tatoonie which screwed Spacetime curvature such that it can happen.. :) – Evil Angel Mar 16 '14 at 4:16
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Per the shooting script;


OBI-WAN rides up to the moisture farm homestead on an EOPIE. He dismounts, takes the BABY out of a papoose on his back, and walks toward AUNT BERU, who walks over to greet him. They talk for a moment, and OBI-WAN turns the baby over to the young homesteader. AUNT BERU walks to UNCLE OWEN who is standing on the ridge near the homestead. OBI-WAN leaves as OWEN, BERU, and the BABY watch the twin suns set.

and the novelisation;

And on Tatooine, a Jedi Master brings an infant boy to the homestead of Owen and Beru Lars— Then he rides his eopie off into the Jundland Wastes, toward the setting suns.

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The suns cannot rise and set from the same direction. Arguably, the direction of sight is the same as in A New Hope. The suns are setting.

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Arguably, it's not physically impossible for the suns to be moving in opposite directions, retrograde to the planet. Just very very unlikely;… – Valorum Mar 16 '14 at 15:12

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