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Known simply as The galaxy, this is the galaxy in which the Star Wars saga takes place. It is a large, Sb type spiral galaxy orbited by smaller satellite galaxies, such as Rishi Maze. The galaxy is about 100,000 light years wide; similar in size to our own Milky Way Galaxy. In spite of this, the famous opening sentence "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." leads us to believe that the galaxy cannot be the Milky Way (more about this later).

The galaxy is home to more than 400 billion stars, 5% of which have planets inhabited by forms of life. Sapience evolved in 0.1% of these worlds, leaving a total of about 20 million different sapient species, including Humans; the most numerous and politically important, and which may or may not have originated in the galaxy. Notable planets and moons of the galaxy include: Coruscant (the political hub of the galaxy), Alderaan (recently destroyed), Alzoc III, Bespin, Brodo Asogi, Cerea, Cholganna, Clak’dor VII, Dagobah, Dathomir, Endor, Hoth, Naboo, Orto, Tatooine, Tibrin, Toydaria, Trindello, Troiken, Tynna, Utapau, Varl, Vodran and Yavin IV, among many others.

Sapient beings are able to travel throughout the galaxy by means of hyperspace travel. The galaxy is crossed by many hyperspace routes.

RegionsEdit

The galaxy is divided in seven main regions, each of which is further divided in sectors. The center of the galaxy houses a huge black hole.

These are the regions, listed in ascending order of distance from the center:

Beyond the outer rim territories, there is a hyperspace disturbance at the edge of the galaxy, which makes intergalactic travels extremely difficult. Even so, creatures from other galaxies have visited the galaxy more than once. So far, the only species of the galaxy known to have travelled to other galaxies were the Children of the Green Planet.

Several locations are found beyond the outer rim territories, including:

Behind the scenesEdit

The Children of the Green Planet - a race native to the Star Wars galaxy, as far as we know - once organized a mission to another galaxy, which, as told in the famous movie E.T. the Extraterrestrial, ended up landing on Earth, thus proving that the Star Wars galaxy cannot be the Milky Way. Furthermore, in promotional material for E.T., it is stated that the little alien was "3,000,000 light years from home" when he was lost on Earth. Since galaxies such as our own Milky Way are only about 100,000 light years wide, he would in fact be an extragalactic being. On the other hand, being "only" 3,000,000 light years away, means that E.T.'s home galaxy (the Star Wars galaxy) must be located in (Triangulum) )or near (Centaurus) our local group. The only large galaxies in the group, besides the Milky Way, are Andromeda and Triangulum due to it being a 3 main glalaxy group. Then the next nearest galaxy to the Local group is the Centaurus Galaxy in the exact opposite direction as Triangulum. One might argue that these are not "far, far away" galaxies, as they are very close to the Milky Way (in fact, Andromeda and Milky Way are on a collision course with one another); however, in comparison to most sapient being's bodily forms, this distance is still "far, far away", and in fact the distance might not be a comparison to other galaxies as opposed to just simple distance.

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