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4.5.01

In Star Wars, why does the Death Star go around the planet Yavin to blow up the fourth moon when it can simply blow up Yavin first (as it did Alderaan) and then the fourth moon without wasting any time?

This report comes from the Official Star Wars Site!

Answered by: Steve Sansweet

The Death Star's superlaser is very powerful, but it's not all powerful. Relatively speaking, a terrestrial world of rock and metal like Alderaan is easier to blow up than an immense gas giant like Yavin. The Death Star simply couldn't blow up Yavin, and had to circle the gas giant in order to get to the much smaller moon Yavin 4.

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