14 Things You Didn't Know About Planets In The Outer Rim Of The 'Star Wars' Galaxy

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Vote up the coolest things you learned about planets in the Outer Rim.

The planets of the Star Wars galaxy are impressively distinct from one another, and that's in part because each planet has a firm location within the larger galaxy. Worlds near the galaxy's center tend to be more densely populated and they also tend to have more wealth than their more distant neighbors. Those planets in the Outer Rim are frequently neglected, sparsely populated, and are often still considered part of the frontier (see: rich with exploitable resources). 

Although these planets don't have as many people on them, they're often where Star Wars stories are set. Tatooine, one of the most interesting planets in Star Wars canon, is in the Outer Rim, as are other fascinating planets like Mustafar, Geonosis, and Dagobah. Every planet in Star Wars has a remarkable history and plenty of interesting facts, and the planets of the Outer Rim are no different. They may not have the same riches or populations as some other planets, but that doesn't make them any less fascinating. Be sure to vote up the coolest facts about these Outer Rim planets. 

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    Mustafar Was Once A Forested Planet But Was Terraformed Thanks To An Artifact

    Mustafar Was Once A Forested Planet But Was Terraformed Thanks To An Artifact
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Leave it to people to ruin a perfectly nice planet. As it turns out, the volcanic hellscape that is Mustafar was once a lush, green planet. Ancient lore suggests that at some point in the distant past, Lady Corvax, her husband, and a band of off-worlders eventually arrived on the planet and lived there in peace with the native Mustafarians. 

    Eventually, though, Mustafar was invaded and Lady Corvax's husband was slain in battle. Following her husband's demise, Lady Corvax stole the planet's Bright Star, an item that promised immortality, which she believed could bring her husband back from the grave. Corvax's use of the Bright Star didn't bring her husband back, but it did set the planet off its original orbit, ultimately landing it between two gas giants. These gas giants devastated the planet's surface, resulting in the volcanic surface Revenge of the Sith fans are familiar with. 

    Following Darth Vader's rise to power and prominence within the Empire, he ventured to Mustafar to search for the Bright Star in hopes of resurrecting Padmé. A smuggler descendant of Lady Corvax who was working with Vader at the time sabotaged the ritual, destroying the Bright Star in the process and sending a massive wave of energy across the planet, beginning Mustafar's healing process. The beginning stages of this healing can be seen in the opening of The Rise of Skywalker while Kylo Ren and the First Order search for Vader's Sith wayfinder amidst the planet's newly sprouting irontree forest.

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    Scarif Came From A Misspelled Starbucks Mug

    Scarif Came From A Misspelled Starbucks Mug
    Photo: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    The climactic battle at the end of Rogue One takes place on the beautiful, beach-filled planet of Scarif, which is also home to much of the Empire's most sensitive information, including the Death Star plans. Scarif's name certainly seems to fit into the broader lexicon of the Star Wars universe, but as it turns out, director Gareth Edwards came up with the name thanks to a misspelling of his own name. 

    As he revealed at the 2017 South by Southwest festival, Edwards explained that he must have told the Starbucks employee "it's Gareth" when they asked for his name, and they wrote "Scarif" on the mug. Inspiration can come from the unlikeliest sources. 

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    Tatooine Experienced A Population Boom During A Mining Rush

    Tatooine Experienced A Population Boom During A Mining Rush
    Photo: The Mandalorian / Disney+

    Tatooine is, of course, one of the most important planets in the history of Star Wars, and that's in spite of the fact that it's pretty scarcely populated. Its small population makes sense, given how desolate and inhospitable the surface of the planet is. 

    In the planet's distant past, though, it did experience one surge in population that was chiefly focused on mining. During the boom, sandcrawlers were used to mine valuable resources from under the planet's surface. Eventually, though it, was discovered that most of the planet's most valuable minerals were available on its surface, and those minerals often had unwanted metallurgic properties that made them less desirable than originally thought. 

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    Utapau's Native Populations Evolved From The Same Species

    Utapau's Native Populations Evolved From The Same Species
    Photo: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20h Century Fox

    More than 50,000 years before the Battle of Endor, Utapau was colonized by a race of humanoid creatures. Over the millennia, that race eventually evolved into two separate species. Those two races came to be known as the Pau'ans and the Utai, and although they shared certain things in common physically, they eventually became two totally distinct species. 

    Pau'ans lived on the surface of the planet, while the Utai lived underground, where they built cities out of the giant sinkholes that formed all over the planet. 

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    Sunsets On Bespin Lasted For Two Hours

    Sunsets On Bespin Lasted For Two Hours
    Photo: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    When we're first introduced to Bespin in The Empire Strikes Back, it's clear that the planet has a booming mining industry. That industry is based on tibanna, the gas giant's extremely costly gas. Although the planet has no inhabitable land or water, Bespin does have a thin layer of breathable air in its atmosphere. 

    That's where the mining colonies settled, and it happens to be on top of the pockets of tibanna gas. Because of the size of Bespin and the distance above the planet's surface that the breathable layer occupies, sunsets at that layer could last for as long as two hours, making Bespin one of the more beautiful planets in the galaxy. 

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    Lothal Managed To Stay Out Of The Clone Wars

    Lothal Managed To Stay Out Of The Clone Wars
    Photo: Star Wars: Rebels / Disney XD

    Thanks in part to its position far from any hyperlane, Lothal was usually spared when wars were waged across the galaxy. That was true during the Clone Wars, when the planet managed to avoid invasion entirely. Although it avoided invasion, Lothal did suffer from a severe drought and a plague that swept through its livestock population during the Clone Wars. 

    Lothal initially petitioned the Galactic Senate for aid, and was rebuffed because they were focused on the war effort. The planet petitioned for aid again after the Empire took over, and the Empire eventually took a keen interest in the planet in large part because it saw it as a great spot for an outpost.