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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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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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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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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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Why did the Sith want to build the Death Star if "The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force."?

I've heard explanations like Tarkin wanted it and presented his plans to the emperor. And I've heard the comment by Vader was more for the audience, since Luke does destroy the Death Star using the ...
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Why didn't anyone stop Luke from leaving the second Death Star?

After killing the Emperor in his throne room in the second Death Star, Luke drags Vader's dying body to an Imperial shuttle to leave the station. He is not shown to have fought anyone on his way there ...
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Who piloted the First Death Star?

Who piloted the First Death Star? Was it a team of Imperial Navy marines or some other Imperial unit? I'm fairly sure that its not Gary the Stormtrooper: https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxLO-...
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Are there detailed maps of the first Death Star available anywhere?

As a way to make fitness more fun, I'm planning a virtual walk on the Death Star, tracking my distance/steps taken and mapping them out on a map of the Death Star, so that I can, for instance, walk ...
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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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In Legends, was there ever a third Death Star?

Of course, there are a lot of similarities and echos between The Force Awakens and previous (movie) canon. What are the things that “The Force Awakens” borrowed/parallel from “A New Hope?” In ...
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Why "Death Star?"

Why are the Death Stars called "Death Stars?" I mean they are not even vaguely related to a star so why "Death Star" and not something like "Planet Killer?" Furthermore ...
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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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How high is the Death Star above Endor?

This is part of the answer to How did the Death Star 2 stay in orbit above Endor when it did not have functional ion engines nor a functional hyperdrive system?. The answer is so large I decided to ...
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Why did Biggs tell Porkins to eject during the Battle of Yavin?

In Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, the following exchange takes place: PORKINS: I've got a problem here. BIGGS: Eject. I don't understand how ejecting would be preferable to being killed ...
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When Lando refers to the “north tower” in “Return of the Jedi” how can one determine the cardinal points in center of a sphere?

When this exchange happens during the final batter in Return of the Jedi (1983), how was “north” determined within the structure of the Death Star? LANDO: There it is. All right, Wedge, go for the ...
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Why is the superlaser dish in the southern hemisphere of the Death Star rather than the northern one?

There are some images in which the superlaser dish of the Death Star appears in the southern hemisphere, not the northern hemisphere as it usually does. Why is this? Note: the idea for this question ...
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Was the Death Star built for use against the Yuuzhan Vong?

I heard an anecdotal story recently that one of the reasons for the building of the Death Star was that the Emperor was aware of the coming Yuuzhan Vong invasion and wanted a superweapon for defense ...
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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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Why did the Empire need the Death Star?

I wonder why they needed the Death Star as I’ve seen in comics and YouTube videos that a few Star Destroyers can basically destroy a planet, though not to the extent of what the Death Star did to ...
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Was destroying BOTH Lando's and Wedge's targets necessary to blow up the second Death Star?

At the climax of Return of the Jedi, Lando Calrissian and Wedge Antilles each strike a different target when they reach the core of the second Death Star: Rebel pilots Wedge Antilles and Lando ...
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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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Why was firing the superlaser put on standby shortly before the DS-1 explodes?

Early in the film Star Wars: A New Hope (1977), in the blast chamber of the Death Star, we learn how, after Vader orders "Commence primary Ignition" to destroy Leia's homeworld Alderaan, the ...
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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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What percentage of the Death Star was habitable/habitated?

I was wondering what percentage within the fully operational Death Star I had people actively living there, working there, etc. Perhaps everyone was near the surface and the inner parts were ...
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Why are the Alderaan destruction stories in the Eclipse short story (Canon), and Episode 4 different?

In the Eclipse short story, it says that Bail and his wife saw the explosion coming towards them, but in Episode 4, the planet immediately explodes. Is there a reason for this discrepancy, or was it ...
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Did the Rebel Alliance do anything with the Death Star plans after the Battle of Yavin?

In A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance has stolen the secret plans for the Death Star. They are able to study the plans to find the critical weakness allowing them to destroy the Death Star at the Battle ...
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Which type of cannon does this housing in the remains of the Death Star II belong to?

In Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, during the fight between Kylo Ren and Rey on an almost-submerged wreckage of the second Death Star, visible in the background is what appears to be the sole ...
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Would the Rebels have destroyed Death Star 2 if Palpatine hadn’t died?

In Return of the Jedi, Palpatine tries to turn Luke to the Dark Side. He fails, and decides to kill him, but instead Vader intervenes and the rest is history. But, while all of this is happening, the ...
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What are these things on the top of Palpatine's throne and what is their function?

What are these things referred to in the Emperor Palpatine throne chair? What is their function/job?
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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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How could the Death Star still be operational in The Rise of Skywalker?

In The Rise Of Skywalker, we see a door opens automatically in front of Rey in order to get into the room where Emperor Palpatine presumably hid the wayfinder. Any idea how that door mechanism is ...
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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 were there turret guns inside the trench on the Death Star?

I am wondering why there were turret guns inside the trench on the Death Star if its designers had not considered small one-man fighters to be a threat. "General Dodonna : The battle station is ...
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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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Why the trench run and not divebomb the shaft? [duplicate]

In A New Hope they needed to go through the trench. This meant they lost almost all of their maneuverabiltiy and were easy targets in there due to the narrow width of the trench itself. Now I'm ...
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How does one travel across the Death Star?

How does a human (humanoid) travel across the Death Star, which is way bigger than any of the Imperial Navy Vessels (Death Star I was 120km in diameter, DS2 was even larger - 200km). Let us say that ...
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How is the death star able to hit the Scarif Citadel exactly?

At the end of the Battle of Scarif, the Death Star fires on the Scarif Citadel. To a normal fan, this is completely normal. But for a really avid fan, you would wonder how it is so accurate. For ...
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Why did Galen help complete the Death Star?

This question requires a little bit of background, so follow me on a little trip. For some reason, the Empire needed Galen to complete the Death Star. He was a vital component to its completion due ...
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Why didn't Han Solo shoot Darth Vader's ship?

In the movie Star Wars: A New Hope, Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon decides to shoot one of the Darth Vader's wing man TIE fighters instead of shooting Darth Vader's TIE fighter. Is there a Star ...
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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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How many TIE fighters did the Death Star launch in the Battle of Yavin?

In comments on this answer, the title question arose. How many TIE fighters did the Death Star launch to attack the rebel fighters? Did they send out overwhelming numbers, or did they send out a ...
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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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Is there any explanation provided by the franchise behind the name Death Star? [duplicate]

I mean this always bugged me. You have a thing that destroys stars, but is clearly not a Star itself. It's way too small to be considered a star and its also not bright, so why call it that. The "...
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Why do lasers from Kyber crystals in lightsabers repel noisily but lasers from Kyber crystals in the Death Star combine?

Rogue One introduced the idea of Kyber Crystals in the Star Wars movie Canon. In the 1977 movie A New Hope - we see Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader battle with lightsabers and the blades repel with a ...
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How much of the Death Star did the stolen plan cover?

In the Rogue One film, the rebels steal some plans from the imperial citadel on Scarif. Was that the plan of the entire Death Star, or only of the reactor that Galen Erso had designed? On one hand, ...
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How did the Rebels find the design flaw to the first Death Star?

So I just read the answers to this question, where most of the authors agree complete fault analysis for a ridiculously complex project like the Death Star is close to impossible, given technical ...
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How many innocents died on the second Death Star when the rebels destroyed it?

When the Rebels destroyed the second Death Star at the end of Return of The Jedi how many innocents died as well, since the station was still under construction? Did the Empire move construction ...
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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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Would the Death Star split in half if an hyperspace jump failed?

In Legends, it was theorized that the Death Star had: One hundred twenty-three individual hyperspace generators, tied into a single navigational matrix (...) And these: were necessary to carry ...
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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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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?