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Star Wars Theory Series Part 20: Here’s how big the Death Star would be if it were real

Star Wars Theory Series is hosted by co-founder Liz Prugh and her brother Patrick Pochop (talking about Star Wars is one of the only ways she can get him to hang out with her). They frequently have their other two brothers, dad, and Liz’s husband and self-proclaimed Star Wars experts as guest hosts. They’re dedicated to putting a fun and comedic spin on each episode. New episodes are posted on Fridays, where they break down a new theory and news about the film franchise. This week breaks down the Death Star!

This week is our 20th episode! To celebrate, we feature special guest Michael Welling, a fellow Star Wars-enthusiast. He and his friends had a few beers one night and decided to break down the math behind the Death Star: How big would the weapon be in real life? Who could live on it? How many levels did it have? We dive into the uber-nerdiness of the making of a real Death Star, plus of course talk all things Star Wars.

BONUS: Take a peek at Michael’s whiteboard below of the math he performed. #nerdout

Tune in for Death Star details:

  • How big the Death Star would be in real life;
  • Jobs that someone would have working on the Death Star;
  • Why the Death Star would actually hold a larger population than Earth;
  • How fast the Death Star could go, and if the technology could potentially exist in real life;
  • and more!

Listen here:

Whiteboard of the math performed for the Death Star calculations:

death star

Listen to parts 1-19 of our Star Wars Theory Series here or on our SoundCloud!


Have a theory you want to share with us? Tweet us at @Pure_Fandom.

Featured image: Nerdist


Liz & Lindi

Pure Fandom was created by fangirls and best friends, Liz (Pochop) Prugh and Lindi Smith. Their site - along with several other expert fan contributors! - brings you updates and breakdowns on shows like 'The Walking Dead,' 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Originals', and more. Liz & Lindi have written for Entertainment Weekly, AOL, HelloGiggles, and frequently host Comic-Con panels around the country. They are dedicated to putting a comedic and fun twist on all things fandom.

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