A rip in sub-hyperspace caused the Hosnian Cataclysm to be visible in the skies of distant planets such as Takodana.

"…those of us assigned to the base heard rumors that it doesn't operate in what we'd call normal hyperspace. It fires through a hole in the continuum that it makes itself. Everybody was calling it 'sub'-hyperspace."
Finn, discussing Starkiller Base[src]

Sub-hyperspace was the name given by members of the First Order to a hole in the realspace continuum through which phantom energy traveled. Unlike typical hyperspace, which moved across the galaxy, sub-hyperspace would move through the galaxy. The First Order's Starkiller Base was able to collect a form of dark energy called quintessence, transform it into phantom energy, and unleash it along a linear path through sub-hyperspace, enabling it to destroy entire star systems across vast interstellar distances in real-time.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

According to a tweet from Pablo Hidalgo, the vast quantities of energy released by firing of the Starkiller weapon had the ability to create a temporary rip in sub-hyperspace, thus allowing the Hosnian system's destruction to be viewed from across the galaxy as it occurred.[2]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization
  2. TwitterLogo.svg Pablo Hidalgo (@PabloHidalgo) on Twitter: "@Thimburd What they're seeing is some weird hand-wavy hyperspace rip. Side-effect of the Starkiller." (content obsolete and backup link not available)
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