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  • What's In A Parsec? (Star Wars Fact #1)

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    Star Wars Fact #1 - What's In A Parsec?
    1138 Star Wars Facts
    May 25, 2012

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    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Lucasfilm Ltd. 1977-2011. Blu-ray Disc.
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Lucasfilm Ltd. 1999-2011. 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. Show less
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