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How Long, Long Ago was Star Wars, Exactly?

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Look, we know that Star Wars took place a long long time ago in a galaxy far away. But the fine folks at io9 have managed to pinpoint exactly when, by using details from a non-canonical short comic that allowed Indiana Jones to meet his cross-continuity look-alike Han Solo… one hundred and twenty-six years after the Millenium Falcon crash landed on Earth. Okay, so it was more like he met Han Solo’s skeleton. He was looking for the source of the area’s Sasquatch sightings. Starting to get the gist?

Anyway, the story is not canonical, so consider this the non-canonical temporal setting of Star Wars, but that just makes it all the more interesting to imagine that the Battle of Yavin (AKA, the end of Star Wars: A New Hope with the s’plodey Death Star) occurred in the same year as the Louisiana Purchase. Here’s the timeline:

For the skinny on io9’s reasoning, and some links to that crossover comic, check out their whole post.

Now we just need somebody to figure out how to square this with relativistic time and the speed of the Millenium Falcon and tell us how far away that galaxy is.

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