There are more planets out there in the universe than anyone could reasonably foresee. If you’re a Star Wars fan though, you might imagine at least a few of them could be similar to the planets that Jedi and Stormtroopers have walked upon. Which real planets are most like Star Wars planets?
From the forest moon of Endor to the desolate desertscape of Tatooine, there are a number of planets in the Star Wars cosmos that you can imagine might be floating around somewhere in our own galaxy. Fortunately, thanks to a number of recent discoveries, scientists have discovered quite a few real plants that are like Star Wars worlds.
Thanks to NASA, we now know that there are around 20 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone. That means 20 billion potential real life equivalents of Star Wars planets. Some of the heavenly bodies are barren looking while others are dangerously close to nearby stars, but many of them seem like they’d be right at home having Ewoks and Tauntauns running all over them.
Eventually, humans might even be able to jump into their own Millennium Falcon and explore these planets, as long as we can get the hyperdrive working. Then you’ll be able to see some of the real life planets and their Star Wars equivalents in person.
CoRoT-7b Might Be the Mustafar Equivalent
Mustafar is the molten planet where Anakin went from being Obi-Wan’s brother to Darth Vader. CoRoT-7b is a highly dense planet that is so close to its sun the entire surface is essentially molten rock.
Kepler-438b Is Almost Kashyyyk
Kashyyyk is the home to Chewbacca and the whole Wookiee race. Kepler-438b is a lot like Earth except it’s just a little bigger and receives about twice as much energy from its sun as we do here on Earth. Since Wookiees are a little bigger than humans, and about twice as energetic, it’s only appropriate that the real life equivalent to their home planet is Kepler-438b.
Mimas Is Essentially the Death Star
Technically, the Death Star isn’t a planet, but it is the size of a small one, and the resemblance between it and Mimas is uncanny. Mimas is one of Saturn’s moons, and mankind may even travel there in the future.
Kepler-452b Is a Lot Like Coruscant
You’ll remember Coruscant as the planet with the big city that housed the Galactic Senate and seemed really advanced compared to places like Tatooine. Well, Kepler-452b may or may not have any massive cities on it, but it’s been around for about a billion years longer than Earth, so there’s a chance that it has progressed nicely.
GJ 581g Could Be Dagobah
GJ 581g is an old planet that may bea lot like Earth, as well as Dagobah. It’s only around 20 light years away and orbits a nice little red dwarf. As such, it certainly could be hospitable, and it sounds like the type of place Master Yoda visit he might.
Dagobah was supposedly one of the purest places in the galaxy, so GJ 581g has a lot to live up to.
Kepler-16b Has Two Suns, Just Like Tatooine
Just like its fictional brethren, Kepler-16b has two suns. This means life there would be pretty inhospitable, even for young Anakin or Luke. On the bright side (and there’s plenty of bright side with two suns), there would be a plethora of sunlight, so you could turn those podracers into solar powered podracers. Sebulba wouldn’t have a chance.
Titan Is Our Endor
Humans could not survive on Titan, but Ewoks might be a different story. The forest moon of Endor might be a lot more like Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, than we think. Aside from being filled with a toxic gas, Titan has many similarities to Earth itself. While Luke and the gang probably would die the second they stepped foot on this moon, life could develop in a different way, one that might allow for primitive little bear things to grow and thrive, i.e. the cutest planet ever.
Gliese 667 Cc Could Be Our Jakku
Jakku made it to the big screen in The Force Awakens and as a pretty desolate planet. In many ways, it could be the Gliese 667 Cc of the future. Gliese 667 Cc is one of the closest possibly habitable planets to Earth.
As a possible habitable planet, it would probably be one of the first planets humans explore and, therefore, one of the first they would eventually abandon. Only those who could not leave would remain, just like your hometown, and it would turn into Jakku.
Kepler-22b Is a Kamino Clone
Kamino is the original home of the clones but it turns out it’s kind of a clone itself. In this instance, Kepler-22b is Jango Fett and Kamino is the clone army. The real planet is more than twice as big as Earth and likely covered by a massive, albeit possibly gaseous, ocean.
Jupiter Is Just Like Bespin
You might remember Bespin best for the Cloud City, where Lando sold out Luke and Han to Vader. Luke escaped the floating city, though he left his hand there, but Han wasn’t so lucky.
Surprisingly, Bespin isn’t that foreign of a planet. Our very own Jupiter is a lot like it in many ways. Primarily, they’re both gas giants where atmospheric mining could certainly take place.
Kepler-186f Is Probably Alderaan
Alderaan was very similar to Earth before it was unceremoniously blown up by the Death Star. It had a pleasant atmosphere and beautiful mountains and oceans, the kind of place people could be expected to live. Likewise, Kepler-186f is one of the most likely planets out there to support life as we know it.
OGLE-2005-BLG-390 Is a Spitting Image of Hoth
If you’re searching the galaxy for tauntauns, OGLE-2005-BLG-390 might just be the place to look. The planet is constantly ice cold, just like Hoth. While NASA hasn’t found any bases on the frozen Earth-like planet, you can never be sure when it comes to Rebel scum.
Venus Is a Mirror of Geonosis
Many experts have speculated that Venus could have supported life at one point, about a billion years ago. The desert planet may have been a lot like Geonosis then. Of course, many of the main inhabitants of Geonosis were droids, so it’s likely they could still live on Venus, even in its current state. Not to mention, both planets have some pretty stellar rock formations.
Felucia’s Clone Is HD 40307g
The planet HD 40307g might be a whole lot like Felucia. With a massive gravitational pull, anything living on HD 40307g is sure to grow pretty weird, and weird is what Felucia is all about. It started off as a botanist’s dream, teeming with flora. Then, it was taken over by the dark side and things got a little more bizarre.
Callisto Might Be Future Saleucami
Saleucami is a Star Wars planet that is known for its meteor craters. Callisto is the most heavily cratered object in our solar system. Technically speaking, it’s a moon, not a planet, but it’s about as close to a planet as a moon can get. While it likely doesn’t support life, there’s a chance it could be hiding an ocean, and maybe more, under its cratered surface.
Tau Ceti e Could Be Hiding Utapau
It’s tough to say if a planet is going to be like Utapau since so many of its civilizations live in sinkholes. That being said, the real life equivalent of the planet that played host to General Grevious might just be Tau Ceti e. The planet was recently discovered and is considered to be potentially hospitable. Plus, since it’s over four times the size of Earth, you could bet that it probably has some pretty great sinkholes to take up residency in.
Wolf 1061c Might Be Naboo
Naboo is one of the most scenic and desirable places in the Star Wars galaxy, and Wolf 1061c is currently one of the most desirable places in our galaxy. It is considered the closest possibly hospitable planet and may be the first place humans call home if we ever leave Earth. Hopefully it’s as beautiful as Naboo when we get there.
Starkiller Base Is Essentially Our Sun
The purpose of Starkiller Base wasn’t just to kill stars, it was to destroy entire planetary systems. The Hosnian system was decimated by Starkiller Base and eventually our Sun will do something similar to Earth. Granted it’ll take about 7.5 billion years, but at that time the Sun will balloon and engulf the Earth, along with most, if not all, of the other planets in our solar system.