Star Warsologies 33: “The Science of Return of the Jedi” panel at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023


At Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023, Star Warsologies presented the panel “The Science of Return of the Jedi“, and now we are bringing you the audio from our panel in London for this episode! From sarlacc biology to the physics of lightsabers and the ecosystem of Endor, Return of the Jedi is full of connections to real world science. How might a Hutt evolve? What goes into making a Death Star superlaser? Why do the Ewoks worship C-3PO? Our all-star lineup brings together experts in all sorts of fields, from paleontology and physics to meteorology and history. Featuring panelists:

  • Heda Agić – Paleobiology at Durham University
  • Manuel Barcia – Chair of Global History, University of Leeds
  • Carsten Welsch – Chair of Physics, University of Liverpool
  • LeeAnn Allegretto – Atmospheric Science, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Karen Yu – Lasers and Optics Consultant

Moderated by James Floyd (Star Wars Insider regular contributor, Star Warsologies podcast), this panel celebrates the 40th anniversary of ROTJ with a look into its science and technology. Thanks to everyone who came to the panel at the Star Wars University stage and especially those who asked such great questions!

In Star Warsologies, hosts James Floyd and Melissa Miller combine their love of Star Wars with their keen interest in all things academic by asking experts about how their field is represented in a galaxy far, far away. It’s a monthly podcast about science and Star Wars!

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Star Warsologies Podcast: Ep 33  Science of Return of the Jedi (Star Wars Celebration Europe 2023)

Follow our panelists and their research on Twitter! Heda Agić, Manuel Barcia, Carsten Welsch, LeeAnn Allegretto, and Karen Yu.

The panel was highlighted in this story from the University of Liverpool!

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