Lots of things blow up near planets in Star Wars (Coruscant in Episode III being an obvious example). Why doesn't this end up more like the movie Gravity?

  • I imagine between particle shields for protection and tractor beams for cleanup, space junk is not too hard to deal with. – Jack Jan 31 '17 at 6:21
  • Yeah, they do have both of those things. – Adamant Jan 31 '17 at 6:22
  • I suspect this is a duplicate: scifi.stackexchange.com/q/39449/5137. The existing answer isn’t great, and I’m sure someone could do better. – Adamant Jan 31 '17 at 6:23
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    For future reference, it's called Kessler Syndrome – Gallifreyan Jan 31 '17 at 8:32

In Star Wars, Millennium Falcon emerged from hyperspace in the middle of the shattered remains of an entire planet, Alderaan, which the Death Star had just obliterated. Other than a few bumps similar to turbulence on an airliner, the Falcon's passengers were unmussed. So while orbits may well be full of debris, the standard shield technology is good enough that no one has to worry about it.

  • Yes, but how do planets deal with this? Also, probably it would be best to put this answer on the duplicate question.... – Adamant Jan 31 '17 at 6:38
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    Debris of small size would vaporize in the atmosphere anyways. Larger debris - unless explicitly brought on a crash trajectory - is not that frequent and can be cleaned up. Especially when you've got technology like shields, tractor beams and blasters and can get ships into orbit with little effort. – Adwaenyth Jan 31 '17 at 8:39

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