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In The Force Awakens,

We only see projections of Leader Snoke in a room in which he interacts with Kylo Ren. Leader Snoke's physical body is on some other planet. Not in the room.

So how does Leader Snoke enter the room?

Does he use the Force to bend space and blend his consciousness into the room? Or does he use technology in the form of a holoprojector of some sort?

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Snoke uses a hologram.

He uses a hologram to communicate remotely with Kylo Ren and General Hux. We even see some dust fall from the ceiling and disrupt the projection a little bit.

CANON: Alan Dean Foster's novelization says

Seated on the raised platform that was the focus of the chamber was the blue-tinted holo of Supreme Leader Snoke.

-Chapter 10

And the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary says

Snoke's whereabouts are currently unknown as all his known appearances have been done via enlarged hologram, and he keeps his command centre mobile, so as to not be tracked.

-page 68

This page mentions the hologram as well.

His hologram used on the Starkiller base projected him several times larger (around 25 feet) than his natural appearance, towering over Kylo Ren and General Hux.

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The scene closely mirrors a similar scene in The Empire Strikes Back in which Vader and Palpatine also communicate via hologram.

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  • No, I don't think mental projections are disrupted by falling dust. Wookieepedia is usually an ok source, but yes it can be wrong. – RedCaio Dec 22 '15 at 7:10

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