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Why do blaster bolts move slower than the speed of light?

Is there a canon explanation (based on how Star Wars blasters work) for why the blaster bolts are so slow? Intuitively, one would expect them to be like lasers, traveling at the speed of light.
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Do (weaponized) lasers exist in the Star Wars universe?

Lightsabers are not made of light, nor have they anything to do with lasers (even if there are people who mistakenly refer to them as "laser swords"). Blaster bolts are also not lasers. They travel ...
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How do the Death Stars retain atmosphere in the landing bays?

In episodes IV: A New Hope and VI: Return of the Jedi we are shown ships landing in Death Star 1 and Death Star 2 landing bays seemingly exposed to the vacuum of space, and yet non-suited Imperial ...
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Why does the Death Star's superweapon have to be made up of smaller beams?

The Death Star utilized eight separate beams into one supermassive blast that was capable of destroying a planet. This required eight emitter stations, and probably precise physics to make them meet ...
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How were Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine physically trapped by a ray shield?

In Revenge of the Sith, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Palpatine are trapped by a ray shield on the Separatist ship the Invisible Hand: It is specifically called it a "ray shield" by multiple characters: 60 ...
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Can mirrors be used to deflect lightsabers

Since lightsabers are made out of light, and all other laser based weapons, can't it be reflected by a mirror or something reflective?
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Why couldn't the Death Star fire the superlaser through (the edge of) Yavin?

It's already been explained that destroying Yavin IV wouldn't be viable due to cooldown, and of course whatever debris would be a danger to the DS1 itself. It's also been explained why they needed ...
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Why can the droids pass through the Gungans' shields but their weapons can't?

Why is it that shields stop the droid army's weapons but the droids themselves can pass through the shields without any problems? Would they have been able to attack the Gungans if they had something ...
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Could Star Wars deflector shields prevent non-weaponized energy signals?

Star Destroyers do have deflector shields. The "ray shield" deflector types are designed to prevent energy based attacks, such as blaster or laser cannon fire. But what about other types of energy ...
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What happens if two blaster bolts meet?

What happens if two blaster bolts meet? Do they: Cross? Ricochet? Cancel each other out?