I was watching The Force Awakens the other day and I wondered something. The novelization of A New Hope and countless other books in the EU say that its impossible to go to lightspeed in the presence of a strong gravitational field, in other words, a planet. Also, I read that a planet can pull a ship out of lightspeed.

So how is that Han got so close to Starkiller at lightspeed?

  • I believe gravity pulling ships out of hyperspace isn't canon.
    – user931
    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:47
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    Where a SW film contradicts a SW novel, the film always wins.
    – Valorum
    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:48
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    Plays funeral dirge for the Interdictor Cruiser
    – IG_42
    Jan 1, 2016 at 10:55
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    @SS-3 it IS canon as there is a rebels episode centered about an interdictor star destroyer
    – Thomas
    Jan 1, 2016 at 12:21
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1 Answer 1


He... erm ... pre-programmed it.

As the wide-eyed Finn scrambled for a seat and harness and found himself wishing for a number of very large, soft pads, Chewbacca groaned his readiness. Han studied the readouts before him. The Wookiee raised a hand over his own console. “And…” Han followed the declining fractions intently. “Now!”

Human and Wookiee hands flew over the main console, supplementing as best they could the approach and landing information they had preprogrammed into the Falcon’s instrumentation. Not unexpectedly, more than one last-second override was required in order to make the ship do something that was against its nature and perform maneuvers for which it had never been designed.

SW: The Force Awakens - Official Novelisation

Most of his work at the console seems to be aimed at stopping the ship from aborting the approach rather than actually timing the landing.


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