Star Wars physics

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The interstellar epic Star Wars uses science and technology in its settings and storylines, though they are not considered "hard" science fiction.

The Star Wars movies are a vehicle for entertainment and their primary aim is to deliver drama, not scientific knowledge. Many of the on-screen technologies created or borrowed for the Star Wars universe were used mainly as plot devices, and not as elements of the story in their own right.

The iconic status that Star Wars has gained in popular culture allows it to be used as an accessible introduction to real scientific concepts. Many of the technologies used in the Star Wars universe are impossible, according to current theory. However, the process of understanding why they are considered impossible can educate people while simultaneously entertaining them.

Star Wars physics has come to be a catch-all term for unrealistic portrayal of Newtonian kinetics. Examples would include:

  • spacecraft banking into turns
  • spacecraft always flying towards the nose
  • spacecraft with continually burning engines seemingly flying as aircraft
  • hyperspace or warp drives

See Also[edit]

Physics and Star Wars at Wikipedia.

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