An astronomer has given Star Wars the scientific treatment

Tom Kerss, astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, is using the real objects in our solar system — like NASA’s Curiosity rover and Earth’s moon — to show the size and scale of the ships and droids found in Star Wars‘s galaxy far, far away.

“I’m the Observatory’s resident Star Wars superfan. With a new movie round the corner, I’ve been thinking about how technology from the Star Wars universe stacks up against our own,” Kerss told Mashable via email

“Of course, the larger Imperial ships are so colossal, they’re comparable in size with some of the fascinating natural objects in our solar system,” he added. “I wanted to share these thoughts with my fellow fans (including Rebel Scum) around the world!” Read more…

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