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For questions about the "Death Star", a moon-sized space station from the science fiction series Star Wars. Equipped with a superlaser, it was capable of destroying entire planets with a single blast. Use this tag for questions regarding both the first and second Death Star. Always use with the [star-wars] tag.

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Were there two Death Stars in construction at the same time?

The first Death Star was in construction at the end of Episode III (presumably 19 BBY). The ending shot is this picture, with only small portions of the superstructure completed: 19 years later, the ...
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How did the Death Star move?

In the Star Wars saga, one of the most iconic weapons of the Empire was the Death Star: a self sustained weapons platform the size of a moon, with the capacity to destroy a planet. in A New Hope, we ...
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Is the Death Star’s gravitational force strong enough to hold an atmosphere?

The Death Star is the size of a small moon. Endor being a moon (not sure if it's small or not) has a rich atmosphere. Could the Death Star hold a nitrogen/oxygen based atmosphere with its gravity? (...
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How was construction of the Death Star(s) kept secret?

According to various sources there were over 2,379,000 people on board the original Death Star when it exploded. On top of that it's said that it took 19+ years to build and millions of people worked ...
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How does the Death Star gravity work?

As we all know the Death Star is spherical. I don't know if it generates gravity on its own or has a gravity generator, but that's not important. I think we have basically two scenarios: Gravity ...
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Could you destroy the Death Star by having a ship come out of hyperspace in the middle of it?

So the Death Star is huge, right? Would it be possible to coordinate a hyperdrive to come out of hyperspace in the middle of the Death Star? Maybe a small ship wouldn't be enough to destroy it, but ...
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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 was the Death Star's shield generator on Endor?

Isn't the point of the Death Star that you can use its lasers to destroy any planet or capital ship nearby? Then how could the Empire use the Death Star if it has to stay close to Endor at all times, ...
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Why was the Death Star's tractor beam not used as a weapon during the battles?

A comment on an answer I posted points out that there was at least suspicion that the fighters in the Battle of Yavin were a threat: Moradmin Bast: "We've analyzed their attack, sir, and there ...
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How many interpretations are there of the acquisition of the Death Star Plans in Legends?

Disney recently showed the trailer for their Star Wars spinoff Rogue One with the canonical interpretation of the Death Star plan acquisition. This made me think about how often this event (codename “...
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In the Star Wars Universe, how much construction time was needed to build ships?

And not just any ships: battleships, super battleships and 'civilian' big ships. From what I've read about the Star Wars Universe, given that it's science fiction, I never did understood how they ...
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Was the thermal exhaust port on the Death Star really a design flaw?

Why would something so grand contain such a fatal flaw? Was it really a flaw or was the only flaw the fact the "The Chosen One" existed. Who else in the Galaxy would have been able to fire that shot?...
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Why did Death Star need to orbit around Yavin for so long?

We are talking about battle station with a hyperdrive. And there we have to wait till it orbits around Yavin to get a shot at the moon. We know why they didn't blast the gas giant with the ...
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Was Sidious already making the Death Star by the end of Episode III?

I ask this because at the end of the movie, you see Luke on Tatooine, Leia with Bail Organa, and then a decent portion of the Death Star already done as Palpatine & Vader look on. So it seems the ...
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What is the maximum effective range of the Death Star's Superlaser?

As we discussed it in this question, the Death Star can deliver a mind-boggling amount of energy. If it is capable of blowing up an Earth-sized planet, this means the equivalent of the annihilation ...
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What is the total number of people killed on the 2 Death Stars when they exploded?

The First Death Star exploded during the Battle of Yavin. The Second Death Star exploded during the Battle of Endor. What is the total number of people killed on the 2 Death Stars when they exploded?
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Could the Death Star take out Coruscant?

Is Coruscant's defense strong enough to keep up against an attack from the Death Star? If Tarkin lost control or turned against the Emperor, I guess even Vader couldn't stop the leader of the battle ...
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A New Hope: Why doesn't the Death Star scramble more TIE fighters?

In A New Hope, the Rebels assault the Death Star with X-Wing fighters launched from a moon around the planet Yavin. However, the Death Star only sends out a few squadrons of of TIE Fighters to counter ...
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Why did the Death Star not target this location at the end of “Rogue One?”

During Rogue One, we saw that the Death Star was able to aim and directly target So why, an the end of the movie, did they not
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Why was the second Death Star as vulnerable as the first?

The first Death Star was destroyed by a shot to the thermal exhaust. Why did the second have a similar design flaw: an exposed single point of failure? I would have thought that some kind of grid in ...
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Is there a script that contains Chewbacca's/Peter Mayhew's dialogue (in English)?

Most Star Wars fanatics probably already know about the clip below. In a nutshell, the scene is from A New Hope. Luke, Han, Chewie, and the droids are in the hangar control room on the Death Star, ...
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How was the torpedo that Luke Skywalker shot into the first death star able to make the distance down to the reactor?

How much fuel is in a proton torpedo? How far is the maximum effective range of said torpedo? How far into the interior of the first Death Star (DS-1) is the reactor? Then there are the technical ...
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Did the Rebels know how many people were on the Death Star?

This question is inspired by this one, specifically the part where it says, According to various sources there were over 2,379,000 people on board the original Death Star when it exploded. Were ...
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Were there multiple iterations of the first Death Star?

At the end of Revenge of the Sith we see this as one of the final scenes: We clearly see that the first Death Star has most of the super laser dish constructed and a lot of the reactor core and super ...
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Did Darth Sidious really fall all the way to the reactor core?

This question got me thinking whether the elevator shaft from the Emperor's throne room led all the way to the reactor core. To borrow a quote from an answer in that ...
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Can the Death Star kill stars?

In Legends, the in-universe etymology of the term "Star Destroyer" lies in the earliest days of the Galactic Republic, when its creator envisioned a new class of ships that is powerful enough to ...
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Did Han Solo shoot Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter wingman from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon?

In Stars Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, did Han Solo shoot Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter wingman from his chair in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon or from one of the Falcon’s two swiveling gun turrets? ...
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How many credits (Republic credits or whatever) does a Death Star cost?

How many credits (or standardized form of currency in Star Wars) would it cost to build a Death Star?
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Have the Death Stars directly caused more Imperial or Rebel deaths?

Throughout the operational lifespans of both the Death Star I & II, which side suffered more directly attributable casualties cumulatively as a result of the Death Stars' existence: Rebel ...
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Who killed more people, Luke or Vader? [closed]

We know from the Death Star Technical Companion that the number of people aboard the first Death Star (including troopers, gunners, crew, pilots, staff, etc.) was 1,179,293. That's how many people ...
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How did no other engineer see the design flaw of the Death Star?

In Star Wars: Rogue One we learn that that Jyn Erso's father purposefully put in the design flaw to destroy the Death Star, my question is: How did no other engineer see the massive design flaw?
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How big is the Death Star compared to the Executor

We know the size of the Death Star (2nd one) to be 160 km in diameter, and the length of the Executor Super Star Destroyer to be 19 km. In ROTJ we see the Executor smash into the Death Star, This is ...
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Why are stormtroopers stationed outside the Death Star near the turbolaser batteries adjacent to Bay 327?

Comments in another question led me to this image from A New Hope: Why are stormtroopers walking around outside near the turbolaser batteries? What is there to guard or patrol in the cold vacuum of ...
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Was "Death Star" an officially designated name?

In A New Hope, the Death Star is only referred to as such (in dialogue) on four separate occasions; three of which are the intercom at the rebel base on Yavin 4, so I'm not sure they count as truly ...
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Was it implied by the dialogue in A New Hope that the Death Star had never been used before?

This is sort of an analytical question. Having seen Rogue One, I re-watched some of the scenes from A New Hope, including the two scenes above and analyzing the dialogue, the answer seems to be "no." ...
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Did Tarkin get permission from the Emperor to destroy Alderaan with the Death Star?

Based on what we see in Episode IV, Grand Moff Tarkin appears to order the destruction of Alderaan by the Death Star entirely on his own. While we know that Tarkin had extraordinary authority on the ...
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Why does The Dark Side keep building Death Stars?

A Death Star, or its later multi-targeting equivalent the Starkiller Base, seems to have only one function, namely destroying one or more planets, and perhaps their suns too. But the Dark Lords that ...
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Was the Technodrome actually based on the Death Star?

At the time of posting, the Wikipedia entry on the Technodrome from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise claims that the giant spherical vehicle was "based on" the Death Star from Star Wars. ...
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Which is bigger - the Star Forge, or the Death Star?

If you've played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, you're familiar with the Star Forge: I haven't found any definitive ...
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What is the largest-size vessel the Death Star could accommodate inside any hangar bay?

With station as large as the Death Star, there's going to be a ton of hangar space. How big were the largest hangars? What size vessel could they accommodate? We see that the hangar that accepted the ...
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Did the Empire use independent contractors to build either of the Death Stars?

While I doubt that either Death Star required aluminum siding or roofers, Randal has a fair point in Clerks. While Imperial Stormtroopers are enlisted from all across the galaxy, many of them would ...
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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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Why is there a difference in the speed of explosions caused by the Death Star?

In A New Hope, when Alderaan is blown up by the Death Star, the destruction is instant and very explosive. Similarly, in The Force Awakens, Now, go back in time to Rogue One. I might have ...
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How did the dianoga avoid being crushed?

In the Death Star's detention level trash compactor, there is a dianoga. It is clearly quite large, suggesting that it has been there for some time. This raises the ...
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Why is the Death Star's main dish in the wrong place in the schematics?

I was just watching A New Hope, and I noticed that the plans on the computer display show the trench passing through the main dish. However the model of the death star used for the wide angle shots ...
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How many reactors does the Death Star have?

The movie and novelization of Rogue One indicate that the destruction of both Jedha City and the Scarif complex required but a "single reactor ignition". So how many reactors does it take for the ...
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What's the radius of the explosion caused by a single reactor ignition of the Death Star superlaser?

Twice in Rogue One, What's the radius of these explosions?
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How did the Death Star 2 stay in orbit above Endor when it did not have functional ion engines nor a functional hyperdrive system?

In the movie Star Wars - Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, the Death Star 2 orbits around the moon of Endor. According to the Death Star 2 wiki page on Wookiepedia, the space station did not have ...
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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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Chronologically, when does the Death Star scene of Revenge of the Sith take place?

This is basically all Revenge of the Sith spoilers, so read on at your own peril. The second to last scene of Revenge of the Sith features Darth Vader and the Emperor overseeing the construction of ...
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