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The gas giant Bespin

"Bespin is a gas giant, which means we have no oceans or lakes."
Jude Edivon[1]

Gas giants were large and massive planets composed chiefly of various gases.[2] They had no solid, well-defined surface,[3] which rendered them uninhabitable in themselves,[4] but at least some of them had a large number of moons.[5][6] Typically, gas giants harbored little life unless their atmosphere comprised a layer capable of supporting oxygen-breathing species.[7] Atmospheres such as these could also harbor turbulent storms within, such as the case with the planet Wynkahthu.[8] Another characteristic of those worlds was the presence of planetary rings made up of several million pieces of debris.[1] In some cases, those debris were rocky in nature and rich in ore.[5]

Due to their significant masses, such planets had gravity wells that created distinct, if minor, hazards for hyperspace travel. Under certain circumstances, a particularly enormous gas giant could become a star in its own right.[2]

Ajara,[9] Bespin,[10] Endor, Jestefad, Lefrani,[11] Galaan,[6] Hudalla,[1] Noctu,[12] Pujool,[13] Golus,[14] and Yavin were all gas giants. The feature that distinguished Bespin from most of its sister planets was the existence of its oxygen-rich Life Zone, which possessed an unusual abundance of life forms.[7]

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