This May the Fourth, NASA rules. Check out what they posted on the NASA Tumblr account:
“Worlds That Will Make You Believe Star Wars is Real
“The fantastical planets in Star Wars preceded our discovery of real planets outside our solar system… but fiction isn’t too far from the facts. When we send our spacecraft into the solar system and point our telescopes beyond, we often see things that seem taken right out of the Star Wars universe.
“Is there a more perfect time than May the 4th to compare real worlds to the ones depicted in Star Wars?
“Probably not… so here are a few:
What follows is pictures (mostly artists’ renderings) and short descriptions of eight planetary bodies that could serve as models for various locations in the Star Wars universe. And don’t let the photo of Saturn’s moon Mimas above fool you; it’s the most scruffy-looking of the bunch.
NASA’s post isn’t earth-shattering or deep or anything. But it does show a sense of humor, and combines pop culture geekery with science geekery in a very satisfying way. (YMMV, of course.)
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Image: Saturn’s moon Mimas (the so-called Death Star moon) via NASA on Tumblr.
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