Star Wars Fact #1 - What's In A Parsec?
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May 25, 2012
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Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Lucasfilm Ltd. 1977-2011. Blu-ray Disc.
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"Holding her is dangerous. If word of this gets out, it could generate sympathy for the Rebellion in the Senate." - Daine Jir
In Episode IV, there's a scene between Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi where Han brags that the Millenium Falcon flew the Kessel Run in under twelve parsecs. Now a parsec is a measurement of distance, not speed or time. So Han is claiming that it flew something in a shorter distance than it actually is. It might not make sense, you might think its a writing error, however, the Kessel Run is a smuggling route that takes the pilot through a bunch black holes, known as the Maw Cluster. Han is such a good pilot, and the Millenium Falcon is such a fast ship that Han is able to fly very close to these black holes - closer than most pilots would dare. He is able to shave off some of the distance by navigating through the route and completing the Kessel Run in approximately 11.5 parsecs.