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Title says it all: With regards to the the on-screen actions and events that encompass “The Force Awakens,” they transpire over what span of time. Was it a day? A few days? Is there any canonical information on this?

To me it seems like the events began at night on one day and simply—then maybe—spread out to possibly 2-3 days total but nothing longer than that.

For those who don’t know—like me a few hours ago—time measurement in the Star Wars universe is based on the “Galactic Standard Calendar” and is similar to our measurement of time on Earth:

The Coruscant solar cycle was 368 days long with a day consisting of 24 standard hours.

And more specifically towards time measurement:

  • 60 seconds = 1 minute
  • 60 minutes = 1 hour
  • 24 hours = 1 day
  • 5 days = 1 week
  • 7 weeks = 1 month
  • 35 days = 1 month
  • 368 days = 1 year
  • 10 months + 3 festival weeks + 3 holidays = 1 year
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    this stuff is always murky in SW films, best left unexamined. – zipquincy Dec 22 '15 at 15:06
  • I don't think there's any canon information on how long they interrogated Poe... so that right away gives a lot of uncertainty. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 22 '15 at 15:06
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    @zipquincy Oh, I agree. But still these sites are about asking questions and I think this is a fair question to ask. – JakeGould Dec 22 '15 at 15:07
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    @DVK I think that one we can infer from Rey's behavior: she tells BB-8 he can only stay one night, and she still has him at that point. – KutuluMike Dec 23 '15 at 23:53
  • I'm defining a "day" from the perspective of a character; e.g. how long Rey would consider a day on Jakku. This is useful since that's where most of our time cues come from. :) – KutuluMike Dec 24 '15 at 0:01
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There are not very many clues in the movie for how long things take, but we know that it took at least a few days. I would estimate, best guess, probably just under a week. (Though, note that keeping track of time in the presence of hyperspace and FTL travel gets messy.)

Day 1

Poe gets captured on Jakku and sends BB-8 off into the desert. Meanwhile, Rey scavenges for parts and trades them in for dinner. Rey and BB-8 meet up, and Rey says that BB-8 can stay with her for the night. At this point, in Rey's local time zone, it is nearing sunset.

Finn gets reprimanded by Phasma (I think she even specifically says this happened "yesterday" during the Day 2 events but I could be wrong.)

NOTE: It's possible that these events actually span more than one day; we don't know how long BB-8 took to cross the desert, but my feeling is that, when you factor in Finn's part in the plot, it probably happened within the same day.

Day 2

Rey takes BB-8 into to town. It's now mid-morning, at least, so it's definitely a new day. Meanwhile, Finn rescues Poe and crashes on Jakku. Rey/Finn meet and they flee the First Order

in the Millenium Falcon.

As soon as the pair escape Jakku's atmosphere, the ship breaks down and they stop to enact repairs. After they finish, but before they can move, they're

captured by Han Solo.

This all happens without any gaps in between, so it must be the same day.

Also, note that we later find out that

Poe woke up on Jakku later that night.

Day 3-4ish

The crew heads to Maz's cantina to book passage for BB-8. Here's where things get fuzzy, because we don't know how long it took to get to the cantina, nor how long they stayed there.

However, note that enough time passed for

Poe to wake up the night of Day 2, get rescued, and make it back to the Resistance base before Han et al. get into the cantina,

because he leads the rescue party that was presumably sent as soon as BB-8 was recognized.

Day 5ish+

The resistance has a meeting where they plan to try and take out the Starkiller. They have time to repair the ships, rest up, restock, etc. before setting off. I'm guessing the entire final act, from this point on, takes place in the course of a single afternoon, because there's a timer on the weapon firing and it starts charging while everyone's still on the resistance base.

Day 6

After the battle, I'm guessing we take a little downtime for everyone to rest up again, and Finn

to get a bit of medical care

before Rey

sets off to find Luke.

That trip probably also takes a while, so I'm estimating that the final scene probably takes place, from e.g. Rey's perspective, about 6 days after the opening ones.

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    +1: Very good breakdown. Written out like that, it all plays out like 1 week but onscreen it always seems like only 2-3 days. – JakeGould Dec 23 '15 at 23:54
  • Problem is... how do we know BB-8 met Rey the SAME DAY that Poe got captured? That was what I meant in my initial comment about his interrogation – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 23 '15 at 23:56
  • I think if we also count the fact that Finn seemed to decided very quickly to bail, that means Poe likely wasn't in custody very long. Plus, Finn crossed the desert in under a day, so I suspected BB-8 could as well. But you're right, there's possibly another whole day in there. – KutuluMike Dec 23 '15 at 23:57
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    The way the last seen was cut made it seem like it took seconds to get to Ireland Planet. – Azor Ahai Dec 24 '15 at 1:15
  • @Azor-Ahai I'm glad im not the only one that saw that and thought Skellig Michael – Cearon O'Flynn Dec 31 '15 at 11:44

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