While lightsabers, holograms and 900-year-old Jedi Masters may exist in a science fiction galaxy, there are some scientific elements in Star Wars that are not so far, far away.
Disney just sent a message from space — more like The Star Wars Show on (where else) the Star Wars official YouTube Channel—that its web series Science and Star Wars will blast off next month. There have been almost as many sites, shows, and books exploring the science behind Star Wars as there are stars in the universe. Disney’s own exploration, navigated by Anthony Carboni and sponsored by IBM, is taking flight with the new trilogy and anthology series.
Not everything on the space opera is more fiction than science. Since Luke Skywalker vaporized the Death Star in 1977, scientists have been separating fact from fantasy and have actually made some really sci-fi things possible. Double sunsets do exist beyond Tatooine because systems with planets that orbit two stars have been found light-years away.
We are also on the verge of making blasters a thing whether or not Han shot first, and advanced AI technology is not only producing droids but droids that will eventually be able to use their own brains to make scientific decisions while probing other planets.
While no one has been able to duplicate R2-D2’s hologram technology, we’ve found a way to warp light that is so close you’d expect Leia to be imploring you for help any minute.
As for lightsabers, scientists have yet to illuminate any method of keeping light contained without something to contain it in, which is why all those cosplay sabers you see have casings and don’t just blast naked laser beams. Con security would probably confiscate them if they did.
Science and Star Wars will electrify your computer screen exclusively on Facebook. While there hasn’t been any word from the rebel forces on when exactly it launches, we should get an update soon even if it isn’t a hologram.
(via Screen Rant)