When You Jump to Hyperspace, Make Sure You Wear a Seatbelt

It’s another year and another Star Wars Day—May the 4th be with you. Following my tradition, I’m going to take some element from Star Wars and do some cool physics. For this year’s post, I’m going to look at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. The great thing about using this movie is that it’s so old—more than 40 years—that I don’t have to worry about spoilers. I mean, if you haven’t seen it by now, are you really going to watch it?

So, here is the scene: Leia, Lando, and Chewbacca use the Millennium Falcon to escape from the Imperial forces on Bespin. On their way out, they grab Luke (he was literally just hanging around). Once they get off the planet, of course, Darth Vader is there to intercept them with his Star Destroyer….

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