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When Starkiller Base is:

destroyed, as everyone is flying away from it, it appears to turn into a planet-sized star itself.

Is that what happens, or did something else happen,

like the whole surface turning molten hot or something?

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    As an aside - please stop including the word "spoiler" in the title of your question. – Dr R Dizzle Dec 22 '15 at 11:41
  • What exactly is being asked here? You wonder if base was still operational? if place was still habitable? if anyone survived? you want description of physical processes that took place? I don't understand what issues must be addressed by answer for you to accept it. – Mirosław Zalewski Dec 22 '15 at 11:51
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    @DrRDizzle Apologies. Won't do it anymore. Wasn't sure what the policy of this Stack Exchange was toward TFA spoilers. – user339676 Dec 23 '15 at 0:51
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According to the novelization, the entire planet imploded, leaving a binary system, meaning that the destruction created another star or a similar planetary body.

In moments they were beyond the atmosphere of the imploding planet. The jump to lightspeed was accomplished without incident, preventing them from observing the final cataclysm. Which was just as well.

A moment after they fled, Starkiller Base system became a binary.

When describing the results of the Starkiller's attack on the Hosnian System, the novelization uses a similar description.

In its wake, the detonation left behind a blazing, spherical mass. The home of the Republic had become a new binary system: one utterly devoid of life.

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The weapon on Starkiller Base was not just powered by stars, but seemingly used the mass of a star as a projectile. While the weapon was charging it took in the matter and energy of its star (or a neighbouring star?) The movie didn't make this very clear, but I assume that the weapon had some kind of containment field to store the matter/energy until it was fired. So when the Resistance attacked the planet the facilities supporting the containment field were destroyed, and the stolen star mass expanded to form a star where the planet had been.

  • It was clearly stated in the movie that the weapon had a containment section to hold the energy/matter and that it needed a way to hold it... which lead to the weak spot. – Jonathan Drapeau Dec 22 '15 at 16:38
  • That is, it used the mass of a star as a guided, self-steering projectile that can hit things in other star systems and is visible as a trail of fire that explodes planets which all is seen in distant solar systems light-years away at the same time it happens. – Dronz Nov 19 '16 at 5:27
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According to Wookiepedia, it exploded when the Resistance attacked it, due to a weak point that was damaged by Poe Dameron. This would indicate total destruction, not turning into a star.

Starkiller Base was an ice planet that was located in the Starkiller Base system of the Unknown Regions that served as the headquarters of the First Order three decades after the Battle of Endor. The base was commanded by General Hux and was armed with a superweapon capable of destroying entire star systems, which the First Order viewed as an evolution of the planet-destroying capabilities of the Galactic Empire's Death Star designs. It was destroyed by a Resistance attack, due to a weak point which was damaged by pilot Poe Dameron, causing the explosion of the whole planet.

  • Wookiepedia actually says "As it was destroyed, the stored material from the sun it drained expanded to create a new star in the planets place." – curiousdannii Dec 22 '15 at 12:48
  • @curiousdannii that's not what it said when I went there... – Mithrandir Dec 22 '15 at 12:56
  • And click the link in my answer. – Mithrandir Dec 22 '15 at 12:56
  • It was last edited two days before you wrote this answer. You must have just skipped over that sentence. Not faulting you, just pointing it out. – curiousdannii Dec 22 '15 at 12:58
  • C/p: Starkiller Base was an ice planet that was located in the Starkiller Base system of the Unknown Regions that served as the headquarters of the First Order three decades after the Battle of Endor. The base was commanded by General Hux and was armed with a superweapon capable of destroying entire star systems, which the First Order viewed as an evolution of the planet-destroying capabilities of the Galactic Empire's Death Star designs. It was destroyed by a Resistance attack, due to a weak point which was damaged by pilot Poe Dameron, causing the explosion of the whole planet.[4] – Mithrandir Dec 22 '15 at 13:02
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Although I must admit that I thought the same when I saw the movie, there isn't any factual evidence that anything happened after the attack that triggered the massive chemical reactions needed to create a star.

We must assume, in absence of other evidence, that it was just a decorative explossion.

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