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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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Who is this X-Wing pilot?

While reading up on some deleted scenes from Return of the Jedi, I came across this picture of an x-wing pilot played by actress Vivienne Chandler. What I'd like to know is, who is she, what squadron ...
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What do different colors of stormtrooper pauldrons indicate?

In The Force Awakens, some of the stormtroopers have a colored pauldron on their right shoulder. Some of them were white. Other ones were black. And yet other ones were red. What do the pauldron ...
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Why was the “No Darkside Ghosts” rule broken with the Nightsisters?

Originally, the Expanded Universe featured some Dark Side ghosts. However, this story element seems to have been eventually retconned away. This is stated pretty explicitly in Star Wars: The Clone ...
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What allows Star Wars ships to slow down?

In the universe of Star Wars, many ships (excluding the X-Wing - the large circles on the front are retro thrust nozzles) appear to lack forward-facing thrusters or retro thrusters. The TIE fighter ...
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Why didn't these characters use the Force?

After Supreme Leader Snoke gets Mauled by Kylo, his Praetorian Guard leap into action to avenge him. Rey and Kylo are heavily outnumbered and it's a tough fight for them since the Guard have weapons ...
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What Happens When Force Ghosts Die?

The Wookieepedia article on the Netherworld of the Force has very few details, but in the article on Force ghosts, there's a little more. I'm not completely clear, but it seems to say that Qui-Gon ...
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How could Count Dooku lose against Anakin Skywalker in a lightsaber battle?

At Wookieepedia I found the following: Dooku was a respected instructor in the Jedi Temple and one of the most renowned swordsmen in the galaxy. Only Masters Yoda and Mace Windu were considered ...
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Did Darth Sidious and Vader ever discover how to cheat death?

In Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith Palpatine/Sidious strings Anakin along to the dark side with the promise that together the two of them will be able to re-discover Darth Plagueis' secret to cheating ...
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Is Palpatine just lucky that Obi-Wan discovers the clone army and then the Separatist plot, justifying his emergency powers?

It sure seems like Jango didn't want to be tracked since he kills the original assassin sent after Amidala with a dart when she's about to talk, and then he flees as soon as Obi-Wan shows up on Kamino ...
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Was the outcome of the galactic civil war pre-determined by Dooku and Sidious?

I get that the entire point of the civil war was to install Palpatine as emperor. However, it feels that could have been accomplished had the separatists won. Is there any canonical information ...
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Does Tyranus consider himself separate from Dooku?

With an imitation of this question: Does Sidious consider himself separate from Palpatine? Inspired by these two questions: Do the Jedi and the public know that Count Dooku is also Darth Tyranus? and ...
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How was the First Order tracking the Resistance in the Last Jedi?

In TLJ, a big deal is made about how the First Order is able to track the Resistance (lead) ship Everyone seems surprised that this is possible. Is it ever made clear how the First Order is doing ...
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Did Count Dooku know about Order 66?

Since Count Dooku worked closely with Darth Sidious to undermine the Republic both internally and externally, he might have known about Order 66. He could have used the Clone Troopers to destroy the ...
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Who was flying the Y-Wing when the Death Star exploded?

Near the end of Star Wars IV: A New Hope, we see four spacecraft flying from the Death Star just moments before it explodes. As you can see, there is the Millennium Falcon crewed by Han and ...
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Personal Shielding Technology in Star Wars Universe

Why is personal shielding technology so rare in Star Wars? It seems only Durge and the Death Watch has them.
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For how long was Darth Vader alone in space?

Darth Vader's TIE fighter was spun out into space at the end of Ep.IV and I always wondered how long it took him to limp into a space station or back to some civilization. I imagined his suit being ...
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When did the Separatist Movement start within the Galactic Republic?

When and how did the Separatist Movement begin? I am asking about the separatists before they officially became the Confederacy of Independent Systems. In the second movie, the separatists have ...
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Why did Dooku attempt to kidnap Palpatine on Naboo?

In Clone Wars Season 4, episodes 15-18, there is a whole plot about Count Dooku selecting bounty hunters for a mission to kidnap Palpatine from Naboo's Festival of Light. One of the bounty hunters is ...
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Why does Binary exist?

According to Wookieepedia, few organics have directly learnt and understood Binary, and these are mainly people who interact with droids frequently at a technical level, such as pilots, mechanics, ...
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Is there really “No Underwear In Space?”

In Carrie Fisher's one-woman show, “Wishful Drinking,” she mentions that George Lucas wouldn’t let her wear a bra with her white costume in Star Wars: A New Hope because there was “no underwear in ...
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How and why was the 501st Legion on Mandalore and Coruscant at the same time?

Is there an explanation as to why the 501st Legion is on Mandalore for the Siege of Mandalore AND on Coruscant during the initial stages of Order 66? We see Darth Vader and the 501st Legion purge the ...
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What was the actual legal or political process by which the Emperor dissolved the Senate?

In Episode IV, word spreads that the Emperor has just disbanded the Imperial Senate and that power would pass to regional governors. It seems a done deal at this point, as if the Emperor just had to ...
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Has the concept of Multiple Universes ever been explored in Star Wars? [duplicate]

Has anything similar to, say, the Star Trek (TOS) episode Mirror mirror ever happened in Star Wars media? For those who don't know, Kirk and his landing party end up on an alternate Enterprise ...
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Require help locating and identifying Star Wars universe ship

I require assistance identifying a piece of Star Wars hardware; a ship. Timeline-wise, it first appeared on an early Tim Zahn novel, used to escort ships to one of Lando's newest enterprises (a ...
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Why did Queen Amidala have to raise the vote of no confidence?

Why did Palpatine have to convince Queen Amidala to raise the vote of no confidence against Chancellor Valorum? If everyone in the Senate hated the Chancellor why didn't someone else do it or ...
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Why did the Galactic Senate grant emergency powers to Chanceller Palpatine but would not vote to create a Republic army?

Isn't it almost the same thing? Didn't they know Palpatine's leanings on the military bill and that he would likely form an army. And why didn't the same senators feel dissapointed when Palpatine ...
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Canon: Dark Jedi/Sith Identity Crisis

Although the distinction between Dark Jedi and Sith is clear in Legends, the new canon version has redefined some critical underlying points. In Legends, the Sith are considered to be the order of ...
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Why does anybody care about preserving the Sith order?

I understand the desire to learn the dark side and become powerful, but why follow "the religion" of the Sith? For instance, Kreia describes Darth Nihilus as someone who doesn't care about the Sith ...
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How deep was Coruscant's surface buried?

I knew that Coruscant's undercity received no light, but I didn't realize how big it was. In the trailer for the upcoming game Star Wars 1313, a panoramic shot of level 1313 is shown: You can easily ...
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Did Palpatine foresee that Anakin would kill him?

I read it somewhere in the 90s that Palpatine/Sidious had a vision in which he foresaw that Anakin would kill him and the reason why he tried to turn him to the Dark Side is to make sure it doesn't ...
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How did people know Emperor Palpatine's name before the release of Prequel Trilogy?

As far as I can remember (and I can't find anything on the internet to refute this), the name "Palpatine" is never used in the original Star Wars trilogy (he's just called "the Emperor"). Despite this,...
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How did the Clones find Jedi Investigators during Order 66?

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Season 2 Episode 11: Lost Lightsaber, we are introduced to an elder Jedi named Tera Sinube, who is a Jedi Investigator that helped Padawan Ahsoka Tano to recover her ...
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Holocube of Anakin Skywalker winning the Boonta Eve Classic race

In the Boonta Eve Classic Wookieepedia article, it is mentioned that Han and Leia bought a Holocube of Anakin winning the race. In what media does that appear? Is it in the original trilogy, or in ...
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Does the re-release of Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy affect the canon status of the games?

The news recently came out the Star Wars Jedi Knight Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy are being re-released on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. These games used to be canon (afaik) but no longer are since they ...
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Was Maul Still a Sith after his fall

In the Disney Cannon was Maul a Sith? Looking at some of the discussion around this question. there seems to be some confusion as to the status of Maul's Sithhood in his later years. Wookieepedia ...
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Force-sensitive battle of the precogs?

I hope I get the terminology right, I don't know if I am referring to Force-sensitivity or some other term (precog?) where Jedi appear to have faster reflexes to others, while they are in effect ...
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What's the rationale behind Rebel factions still having large capital warships?

The evolution of the Empire's fleet seems to be pretty well-established. The Old Republic, under Palpatine, commissioned the creation of a large space force from a coalition of Sienar Fleet Systems ...
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Is there a fictional language in Star Wars named after mechanical engineering professor Cemil Bagci?

In a recent (now deleted) answer to a question on scifi.se about why a translator who could speak Bocce was needed in Star Wars: A New Hope, the claim was made that the language is actually "Bagci", ...
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Was Slavery Ever Abolished on Tatooine?

By reading the Wookieepedia article on Tatooine, it's seen that the planet undergoes numerous changes in leadership. I can't, however, find any reference to slavery being outlawed. We know from The ...
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What exactly was the nature of the relationship between Jabba the Hutt and Princess Leia?

Jabba the Hutt did a couple of things to Princess Leia, that seem rather unusual for the giant worm-like creature that he is, namely: Make her wear a metal bikini. Kiss her Given these two things, ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for why Vader's chest lights sometimes blink and other times do not?

In A New Hope, Vader appears to have no lights at all on his box. In The Empire Strikes Back there are lights on the box but they do not blink, and in Return of the Jedi they blink. I'm looking for ...
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When were the edits to the Star Wars films made?

As many a Star Wars fan knows, over the years George Lucas made changes to the original trilogy. The most commonly debated is "Who shot first?" I am just looking for the timeline on when the edits ...
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How does Coruscant get clean air?

It's a straightforward question. The entire planet was covered by city. You don't see very many trees in the movies. This doesn't mean there aren't any of course, but certainly nothing on the scale of ...
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Are Midi-chlorians Ever Shown to Act Intelligently?

In the Wookieepedia, the midi-chlorian entry, under the heading Biology it states: Midi-chlorians were intelligent microscopic life-forms that served as organelles within all living cells, existing ...
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Synthetic crystal v. Natural crystal in lightsabers

According to Wookieepedia, Though synthetic crystals were ordinarily unsuitable for use in lightsabers, the Sith discovered that they could create synth-crystals that were energized, magnetized, ...
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Why was Anakin Skywalker called to Coruscant during the Clone Wars episode 'Darkness on Umbara'?

In the Clone Wars episode "Darkness on Umbara", Anakin Skywalker is told by Pong Krell that Palpatine has summoned him to Coruscant. Krell further states that the Jedi Council thought it was important ...
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Why did Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan return to Naboo?

Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are sent to Naboo in order to force the Trade Federation to make a peaceful agreement with Queen Amidala. When the invasion occurs, they decide to take Amidala to Coruscant to ...
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Why can’t The Mandalorian from The Mandalorian take off his helmet, while animated mandalorians like Sabine and Pre Vizsla can?

In The Mandalorian they make a big deal of Mando never removing his helmet in front of others, yet characters like Sabine do it casually all of the time. Is this a contradiction, unexplained, or is ...
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What planets have been destroyed in the new Star Wars canon?

The Star Wars Legends canon has a large number of planets and other celestial bodies that were destroyed over the years by superweapons, natural phenomena, and other means. Wookieepedia has a ...