14 Things You Didn't Know About 'Star Wars' Planets
Some Extended Universe material has referenced there being hundreds of thousands of planets belonging to the Galactic Republic, so writing a Star Wars planet guide would be nearly impossible. But, luckily, even though the films exist in a vast universe, they seem fairly obsessed with just about five or so core planets. This decision to go deeper instead of broader has given audiences a lot of facts about the planets the Skywalker Saga does choose to feature.
The Star Wars fandom has no shortage of information to learn. Fans can learn an infinite amount about all sorts of aspects of the universe, whether it's the Sith, the Jedi, the starships, or the planets themselves that pique their interest. There's even more information about Star Wars than details put forth about LOTR by The Silmarillion, as Lucas has decided to enlist the help of hundreds of writers to help flesh out his universe. At this point, the planets in Star Wars have almost as much history as a country on Earth.
Naboo Is Hollow With A Core Filled With Giant Sea BeastsPhoto: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox
While many of the planets visited in Star Wars seem to have a monoculture, Naboo is shown to be at conflict with itself. The planet is divided between humans who live above ground and Gungans who live in the ocean below.
This may seem like a fair trade for all, seeing as Naboo is completely hollow and filled with water, meaning there is plenty of space for the Gungans to spread out. Sadly, however, most of the core is uninhabitable to the Gungans, because the planet's giant sea beasts have chosen to reside in it.
Tatooine's Largest Holiday Celebrates A Hutt That Allegedly Became A GodPhoto: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox
Tatooine is the home of Luke Skywalker and the first planet ever visited in Star Wars. Because of this, even if it is hated by Anakin and Luke alike, it holds a special place in the hearts of fans across the world. It's grimy and crime-ridden, yet teeming with kooky characters and intrigue.
Tatooine is also known for being home to the Hutt crime family. These Hutts don't just have a grip on the crime of the world, though; they also control the culture. For example, the largest annual celebration on Tattooine is Boonta Eve, which celebrates the life of a Hutt who ascended to godhood named Boonta Hestilic Shad'ruu.
Fumes From The Lava Lakes Of Mustafar Regularly Drive People Insane From ExposurePhoto: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox
Mustafar is famous for being the location of Anakin Skywalker's duel with his old master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. It's certainly a striking location for a duel, seeing as its surface is 35% lava.
If Anakin seemed a bit crazier than usual during his battle on Mustafar, that may not have been completely thanks to his wife's perceived betrayal. Fumes rising off Mustafar's lava have actually been known to drive people insane and make them have unusual fears and doubts.
Yavin 4 Was Home To A Warrior Race That Was Slain By The Sith Thousands Of Years In The PastPhoto: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox
Yavin 4 is the fourth moon of the planet Yavin. The moon is completely covered in jungles, making it a perfect home for the Rebel Base in A New Hope.
The Rebels in A New Hope use ancient temples as their bases. Those temples, which were in use 5,000 years prior to the events of the film, were created by a warrior race called the Massassi. The Massassi were enslaved and ultimately slain by the Sith. So, maybe Yavin 4 doesn't have the best vibes to stage a rebellion against an empire controlled by a Sith world - but at least it worked out in the end.
Mandalore Developed A Toxic Atmosphere After Years Of Continual FightingPhoto: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Cartoon Network
Ever since Boba Fett first appeared in the Star Wars Holiday Special, his iconic armor has been a favorite among fans. Even though Boba Fett isn't a Mandalorian, his armor is traditional of their people. Mandalorians are, of course, a warrior race from the planet Mandalore.
As it turns out, being a warrior race isn't great for the planet on which said race does its warring. Thanks to years of fighting, Mandalore is basically completely uninhabitable. Because of this, Mandalorians still on the planet have to live inside domed cities that protect them from the harsh environment.
Dagobah Is One Of The Purest Places In The GalaxyPhoto: Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox
Dagobah is the disgusting swamp planet where Luke Skywalker seeks out the training of Yoda. This planet may seem like the perfect hiding spot for Yoda because it's one massive swamp, but the actual reason is actually much more nuanced than that.
As Qui-Gon Jinn tells Yoda, Dagobah is one of the places in the galaxy that's purest in the Force. This doesn't mean it's a beacon of the light side; it means that it's balanced. There's a significant dark side presence on Dagobah as well as a light side presence, which work together to mask Yoda's location.