Intriguingly, a select few lie within the Goldilocks zone where liquid water could exist because the planet isn’t too hot or too cold.
This planetary diversity is also seen in Star Wars – Endor, the home of the Ewoks, that orbits a gaseous giant planet; Hoth, where Luke Skywalker almost froze to death; Alderaan, a blue-green orb not unlike our Earth until it was destroyed by the Death Star; and Tatooine, Luke and Anakin Skywalker's home planet.
Over the next decade or so, astronomers refined their planet hunting skills and found more than 30 exoplanets.
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From light speed to hyper drives to lightsabers and autonomous robots, Star Wars was certainly way ahead of its time despite occurring a long time ago.
The technologies of tomorrow were on full display as Luke, Leia, Han and the Rebel Alliance fought Darth Vader’s Galactic Empire beginning in 1977.
Kepler has now discovered 10 planets that orbit binary star systems, whose possible inhabitants see a similar sight every day.
The Kepler Mission was just the first step in humankind's discovery of planetary systems in the Milky Way. It could only detect planets out to 3,000 light years, which is tiny compared to the Milky Way's size of 100,000 light years.
Yaszek: It was a movie that made room for women as heroes. She’s the leader of a rebellion and can smart talk her way around any of the characters. I could find, as a girl, a place for myself in the future. Also, these are stories about how you turn men into weapons. By the end, he’s a horrible weapon that takes out everything. We increasingly understand that soldiers who experience war come home transformed and different, and that it can be hard for them to stop being a weapon or a soldier and become “human” again. I don’t know what will be, but I know that’s how it will be a success. Goonan: Make it new without destroying what is past. The Star Wars universe depicts a diverse set of worlds containing a variety of inhabitants. John Wise, the Dunn Family Assistant Professor in the School of Physics, studies early galaxies and distant objects in the universe.
Star Wars explored these themes with Darth Vader and even Luke Skywalker, who loses an arm, gains a cyborg arm, starts dressing in black, and has to make tough decisions while being conditioned by his life as a warrior. We must discover something new about the characters and learn more about space, technology and science. He wonders if there are planets somewhere out there that resemble the ones imagined by George Lucas.
Suddenly print science fiction wasn’t as compelling. It showed Hollywood that science fiction could be popular. That’s an homage to the 1930s and ’40s, when Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers short films scrolled words on the screen before the movie started in order to fill in the back story for audiences. Combined with a compelling story, it showed me what science fiction could be like on the big screen: exciting and engaging.
People didn’t need to have a deep background to understand it. It was one of those great communal experiences: everyone went to see it, often more than once. With his Star Trek reboot, I thought he brought new depth to a very familiar story.
Also, I loved seeing all the technologies brought to life, including the Death Star. He can really draw out the human depths of what could otherwise be very silly stories.