At the end of The Force Awakens, the final pieces of the map to find the planet Luke is on are put together. This leads Rey to the planet Luke is on but that is still an entire planet to search. Luke's home does not appear to be easy to spot with a quick fly over and I would guess he has no beacon set up to lead Rey there, so how does Rey know the exact location of Luke's hide out?

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    The Force did it. – Adamant Apr 29 '16 at 3:20
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    Easy. Just look for the most cinematic and well-framed symbolic staircase on the entire planet. – GGMG-he-him Apr 29 '16 at 3:27
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    It was the one with Luke Skywalker on top. – ThruGog Apr 29 '16 at 6:49
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    Star Wars ships have scanners that can detect life forms on a planet. Perhaps it helped. Any confirmation from the novelization? – Neow Apr 29 '16 at 7:30
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    Same way that Luke found Yoda on Dagobah. – Royal Canadian Bandit Apr 29 '16 at 8:28

Rey already knew where to go because she'd seen the island chain in her dreams

Those words were still echoing in Rey’s head as she flew the Falcon high above Ahch-To. Rocky islands blanketed with beautiful green trees jutted from the water that covered the planet. Rey recognized the landscape from her dreams. She had imagined the place thousands of times without realizing it was waiting for her. Rey landed the Falcon at the base of the tallest island. A rugged mountain path led from the landing pad to a small clearing near the island’s summit.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Rey's Story

And from the film script itself;

so lonely... so afraid to leave... (then, slight smile) At night, desperate to sleep... you imagine an ocean. I see it -- I see the island...

  • This is referenced more suitably in the movie. When Kilo Ren is interrogating Rey 'I see it too, the ocean and the island'. – Jeremy French Apr 29 '16 at 8:07
  • @JeremyFrench - Good point. I've added in a script quote. – Valorum Apr 29 '16 at 8:49
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    @JeremyFrench How is that more suitable? Or did you mean ‘more subtly’? – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 29 '16 at 9:17
  • Yes subtly was the word. – Jeremy French Apr 29 '16 at 9:19

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