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VFX YouTuber Reveals How Big Star Wars Spaceships Are In The Real World

Have you ever looked at the Death Star and wondered just how big will that huge hunk of metal be in real life? Well if your answer is yes, then you are not alone.

According to YouTuber Wren Weichman, he was blown away by the size of the Death Star when he first saw Star Wars as a kid, exclaiming that it was “an entire man-made moon”.

“We never get to see Star Wars spaceships in a physical context because they’re always in outer space or next to arbitrary Sci-Fi cities,” Weichman says. “That got me wondering what they would look like if I put them in places you’re familiar with.”

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This led to him developing a video, using VFX software, contrasting the images of the ships and various other vehicles from the Star Wars series with maps of countries and various other well-known places and objects.

In his video, Weichman illustrated that while the 75-mile-wide Death Star, which first appeared in A New Hope, is definitely bigger than any UK city, it pales in comparison to the size of the Earth.

Weichman also showed how Han Solo’s iconic spaceship, the Millenium Falcon, is about the same as a Boeing 737, and will take up about seven lanes of traffic on an American Highway.

The Millenium Falcon might be huge, but it is dwarfed by Darth Vadar’s Executor which Weichman says is about 12 miles long, making it a little smaller than Manhattan.

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Another interesting fact we learned whilst watching Weichman’s video is that a Star Destroyer is actually a mile long, making it taller than the world’s tallest building — the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Now, all in favour of using the Star Destroyer as our new unit of measurement instead of a mile, say aye.


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