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A megalight, abbreviated MGLT, was a standard unit of distance in space.

The T-65 X-wing starfighter and TIE/LN starfighter had top sublight speeds of 100 MGLT per hour.[1]

The superlaser targeting system of the Death Star I used megalights to indicate the distance to planets to be fired upon.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit


An ILM spaceship speed and maneuverability chart from Return of the Jedi

The MGLT was originally introduced in Industrial Light & Magic's reference chart for Return of the Jedi as a measurement of relative speed.[3]

In the Star Wars: Behind the Magic interactive CD-ROM, released in the Fall of 1998, a "vehicle speed comparison chart" shows the maximum sublight speeds of various spacecraft displayed in MGLT. However, the Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance instruction manual, from 1999, suggests, "To dodge missiles, try flying 90 megalights per hour or faster," which would indicate that MGLT is the unit of distance.



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance and associated manual
  2. Star Wars: X-Wing Tour of Duty 3 cutscene 2
  3. Return of the Jedi Sketchbook, page 95
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