"Everything that exists, and will ever exist, was spawned from the primordial plasma of time's beginning."
Jedi Master Ood Bnar[src]

The Big Bang was the event that created the universe, an indeterminate amount of time prior to the formation of the galaxy. The galaxy's formation predates the formation of the Cularin system[1] and the Yavin system,[2] which would place the formation of the galaxy, and thus the Big Bang, some time prior to 7.5 billion years before the Battle of Yavin.

The Shawken Device was designed to cause a chain reaction that would destroy all star systems in the existing universe, with the purpose of eventually triggering a new Big Bang to begin the universe again. While this exact outcome is questionable, the effects produced by this superweapon could have still been disastrous had it ever been given a chance to destroy the planet Shawken, where it was located.[3]

Behind the scenes

The age of our universe, according to results from the Planck observatory satellite released in March 2013, is 13.798 billion years.[4] This improves on a 2006 estimate of 13.772 billion years from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe.[5]

Many fan-made timelines, such as Star Wars Timeline Gold, use references to Earth in Star Wars canon to determine the time difference between the events in the films and the present day. Timelines which assume this time difference is only a few centuries or millennia often list 13,700,000,000 BBY or a similar date as the date of the Big Bang. However, since neither Earth nor the Milky Way galaxy is mentioned in canonical Star Wars materials, such calculations are purely speculative.



Notes and references

  1. Date from the Living Force Campaign Guide
  2. Date from the Star Wars Encyclopedia
  3. Star Wars 87: Still Active After All These Years
  4. Planck Collaboration, "Planck 2013 results. I. Overview of products and scientific results", arXiv:1303.5062
  5. D.N. Spergel et. al., "Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) Three Year Results: Implications for Cosmology", arXiv:astro-ph/0603449

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