Re: Star Wars The Clone Wars Season Five News and Discussion
Gep Malakai wrote:
In Star Wars physics (at least in the Expanded Universe), there's this thing called a "mass shadow,"
which is basically the influence a planet or star's gravity well has on hyperspace. They do bad things if you get near one. I haven't seen this week's episode, so I don't know if they made it sound like the ship would run into the physical planet itself, but what you're describing sounds like it was intended to be the other thing.
They've been part of the EU for a good decade or more, so the idea's been around for a while even though the movies never mentioned it.
That explains the scene.
Basically, during hyperspace travel the ship had to react to several objects in normal space (not just a planet's mass).
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