The Battle of Yavin was that Star Wars battle when the Death Star was destroyed.
The Battle is used as year zero when talking about Star Wars events (e.g. Palpatine declared himself an emperor in 19 BBY – meaning: 19 years before the Battle of Yavin; Yuuzhan Vong invaded the Galaxy in 25 ABY – meaning: 25 years after the Battle of Yavin).
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…
The phrase that marks the beginning of almost every Star Wars work.
As a Star Wars freak, I’ve always wondered when that “long” actually was.
I’ve had The New Essential Guide to Alien Species for years.
Anyway, the guide has a galactic time line. I just realized today that it says that the big bang happened circa 5 billion BBY.
Now, we know that the big bang occurred cca 14 billion years ago. That means that the Battle of Yavin happened 14 minus 5 billion years ago and that is 9 billion years ago.
So, know I know… but…
If that were true, Star Wars galaxy had been very rich with life (at the time).
The Earth is cca 4.7 billion years old and although the life evolved to the sentient level (or at least semi-sentient) hundreds of thousands years ago (which is nothing – just compare 4.7 billion with hundreds of thousands), we still haven’t reached space travel.
Now, that 4.7 billion years ago are when the Earth became a planet; there are still a few billions of years to be counted for the formation and evolution of the nebula which eventually became the Solar System. But, to ease things up, let’s say that all in all the history of our planet began 5 billion years ago. What are the chances of so many planets evolving to the point Earth has evolved to (even farther) right after the big bang?
Well, I’m off to play The Old Republic now😀
Posted on January 20th, 2013 at 20:59 GMT
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