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Hoth
Hoth
Universe Star Wars Universe
Region Outer Rim Territories
Sector Anoat Sector
System Hoth System
Orbital Position 6
Moons Three
Class Terrestrial (ice planet)
Gravity 1.1 standard
Atmosphere Breathable (oxygen mix)
Climate Glacial
Diameter 7,200 km
Primary Terrain Frozen plains, tundra, glaciers, ice caves, mountain ranges, canyons
Surface water 100% (frozen)
Notable Species Wampa, Dragon Slug, Iceworm, Snowmouse, Tauntaun (various subspecies), Skel, Ice Scrabbler etc.
Rotation period 23 standard hours
Orbital Period 549 local days (526 standard days)

The sixth planet of the Hoth System, Hoth is a frigid ice world located in a galaxy far, far away. Entirely covered in ice and snow, with an ocean of liquid water beneath, Hoth nonetheless is known to support many forms of life: from tiny lichens and iceworms to large, semi-sapient predators known as Wampas.

Astronomical locationEdit

The Hoth System is located in a remote area of its galaxy. The primary is a blue-white star which is also called Hoth. The planet's orbit is widely elliptical and situated close to the Hoth Asteroid Field, a large asteroid belt inhabited by silicon-based lifeforms such as Space Slugs and Mynocks. Small asteroids often crash on the surface of the planet. Hoth is orbited by three small, unnamed moons, which may actually be captured asteroids.

Geography and ecologyEdit

The surface of Hoth is entirely covered in water ice, below of which there is a vast ocean. There are some land areas as well, which are also frozen and covered by either glaciers or tundra. Scarce mountain ranges are known to occur. On the equatorial region of the planet there is a deep fissure forming large systems of ice caves. A rare fungus known as lumni-spice grows on the walls of these caves and is a main food source for the largest creatures of Hoth: poorly-known subterranean organisms called Dragon Slugs.

Hoth's average temperature is of -60ºC, though on the equatorial zone daytime temperature can reach a much more tolerable -32ºC. Strong blizzards are common on the planet, rendering an even harsher environment. Hoth is a geologically active planet and the subterranean ocean' currents seem to have some impact on the surface terrain.

The sub-glacial ocean of Hoth is inhabited by microscopic creatures, including algae, which seem to be able to get enough sunlight from under the deep layer of ice to perform photosynthesis. Hoth's three moons generate a tidal pull which creates cracks on the ice, causing ocean water to invade the surface, where it is instantly frozen. This brings ocean algae and other microorganisms to the surface, where they become food to tiny iceworms. Hoth is also inhabited by small scavengers known as snowmice, large herbivores called Tauntauns and the afore-mentioned predatory Wampas.

Plant life on Hoth appears to be restricted to algae and lichens. Still, the oxygen-based atmosphere of the planet seems to prove that large-scale photosynthesis must be occurring somewhere; or have occurred in the past. This, along with the presence of large, mammalianoid creatures like the Wampas, strongly suggests that Hoth was once a much warmer world, which later went through some sort of major catastrophe which turned it into a desolate ice ball. Another theory says that Hoth may be simply passing through a temporary frozen stage, similar to the Snowball Earth hypothesis.

Behind the scenesEdit

"Sweet three-toed sloth of the ice planet Hoth!"
―Hermes Conrad

Created as one of the main sets for the movie The Empire Strikes Back, Hoth has become one of the most well known fictional planets ever. Its popularity has inspired some to do serious scientific investigations of the physics, ecology and climate of this imaginary world.

In Stargate Universe, a frigid ice planet found in an unnamed distant galaxy is also given the name Hoth, probably due to the similarities between two. However, no canon material has ever been produced suggesting that Stargates Hoth is the same planet as Star Wars' Hoth (which would imply that the galaxy visited in the first episodes of Stargate Universe - which some believe to be the Sombrero Galaxy - is actually a modern version of the "galaxy far, far away" in which, "a long time ago" the events of the Star Wars saga took place).

Hoth was briefly mentioned by Hermes Conrad in the TV series Futurama. Also, a battle occurring on planet Hoth was featured in the comic strip Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! in January 10th, 2010. The Exogorth, better known as Space Slug, a space-borne creature which inhabits the Hoth Asteroid Field, has also made appearances in both Futurama and Brewster Rockit.

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