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15 Things You Didn't Know About Coruscant: The Center Of The 'Star Wars' Galaxy

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Vote up the most interesting things you learned about Coruscant.

Coruscant is a city-covered planet that was also the center of the Galactic Republic and the Empire. In spite of its centrality to the story of Star Wars, though, there's plenty that most people may not know about the Galactic capital. You are likely aware that it was the capital of the Republic and the Empire, and also that it was home to the Jedi Order before it was destroyed. 

Like many of the planets in the Star Wars galaxy, Coruscant has layers of history and lore that are absolutely worth exploring in greater detail. The galactic core of the Star Wars galaxy has been inhabited for thousands of years and in that time places like Coruscant have been through a number of transitions. 

Coruscant wasn't introduced in the original trilogy (not counting the brief glimpse in the special edition of Return of the Jedi that is), but in spite of its delayed introduction to the world of Star Wars, it is without question one of the most important planets in the galaxy. Take a gander down below and make sure to vote up the most interesting things you didn't know about Coruscant below!

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    The Jedi Temple Was Built On Top Of A Sith Shrine (And Eventually Became The Imperial Palace)

    The Jedi Temple Was Built On Top Of A Sith Shrine (And Eventually Became The Imperial Palace)
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    The Jedi Temple has a long and complex history that stretches back millennia. When we see it in the prequel trilogy, it's clearly the central hub of the Jedi, but what you may not know is that the Temple was actually built on an ancient Sith shrine that was dedicated to the dark side of the Force. The Jedi reclaimed the site about 5,000 years before the events of the films, and destroyed all remnants of the Sith. 

    The site of the Temple was built on a natural mountain spire that was rich in the Force, which explains what drew both the Jedi and the Sith to the location. After the Jedi were wiped out as a result of Order 66, the Temple became the Imperial Palace, and Palpatine further transformed it and eliminated the history of the Jedi that was so proudly displayed around the building. 

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    Monument Plaza Is Home To The Last Remaining Mountain Peak On The Planet

    Monument Plaza Is Home To The Last Remaining Mountain Peak On The Planet
    Photo: Star Wars: The Clone Wars / Lucasfilm

    Coruscant is a massive, city-covered planet that just keeps expanding. Because the city covers the entire face of the planet, any growth goes on top of what already exists. Although the planet did have a natural surface, that surface has long since been buried, and one of the only remnants of it can be seen in Monument Plaza

    Monument Plaza is the site of the planet's only uncovered mountain peak, Umate, which is the highest point of the Manarai range. Because the city is so tall, the rest of the entire range has been built over. 

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    All Of The Weather On Coruscant Is Artificial

    All Of The Weather On Coruscant Is Artificial
    Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    Because Corscant has developed buildings that stretch so far into the planet's stratosphere, the climate of the planet has been wildly altered. Some of the planet's tallest buildings are so tall that there are enormous pressure and temperature differences from the top of the building to the bottom. 

    As a result, the microclimates on Coruscant can be hugely unpredictable. Because of these variable climates, the planet has a climate control system that regulates the weather almost completely, meaning that every weather event on the planet is artificial and perscribed by an unnatural system that keeps things kosher on the planet. 

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    Coruscant Is Believed To Be The Birthplace Of Humans In The ‘Star Wars’ Galaxy

    Coruscant Is Believed To Be The Birthplace Of Humans In The ‘Star Wars’ Galaxy
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    In addition to being the present-day center of political and cultural life for the citizens of the galaxy, legend has it that Coruscant was also the first planet humans inhabited in the galaxy. That explains why it is also one of the most technologically advanced planets, as it required humanity to develop certain technologies before they could begin traveling throughout the rest of the galaxy. 

    Initially, the planet had some rivals for cultural and political dominance in the galaxy, but the planet eventually outmaneuevered them to become the center of galactic life. The planet has had many political systems over the course of its history, but we're introduced to it during the waning days of the Republic. 

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    Coruscant Was First Named By Timothy Zahn In ‘Heir to the Empire’

    Coruscant Was First Named By Timothy Zahn In ‘Heir to the Empire’
    Photo: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    We first saw Coruscant on screen during the 1997 reissue of Return of the Jedi, when the planet's citizens are seen celebrating after the Empire is defeated. In 1999's The Phantom Menace, the planet gets a full-scale introduction as we learn more about what Galactic Republic was life before the Empire took power. 

    Before all of that, though, the planet had already had its name for almost a decade. Author Timothy Zahn created the name for the 1991 book Heir of the Empire, which is no longer part of official Star Wars canon. Although the book itself is no longer canon, the name obviously stuck. 

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    Following ‘Return of the Jedi’, A Civil War Broke Out On Coruscant

    Following ‘Return of the Jedi’, A Civil War Broke Out On Coruscant
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    Although Return of the Jedi may have signaled the end of the Empire as it properly existed, that didn't mean that all the people who were loyal to the Empire or who had benefited from the regime suddenly disappeared. Instead, a bitter civil war broke out on Coruscant between those who were aligned with the Rebel Alliance and those who were still loyal to the Empire. 

    After the Emperor's demise, various bureacrats attempted to hold onto power, even as a fierce guerilla war broke out across the planet. Ultimately, the Rebels were able to retake the planet, in part because the most powerful remnants of the Empire were not united behind defending it.