The older woman

Well, okay, if you say so, but it still sounds strange:

They are supposed to be twins, but Princess Leia would actually be nearly two years older than Luke Skywalker because of Einstein’s theory of relativity, say scientists.

Wait, what?

Students at the University of Leicester made their calculations based on the twins’ journeys to Cloud City. Leia travels from the neighbouring system of Anoat and arrives at Cloud City in around 6.72 hours, while Luke travels from the much more distant planet Dagobah, which takes around one week.

Additionally, as Leia travels in the Millennium Falcon, a much larger ship with more powerful engines than Luke’s X-Wing Starfighter, the students assumed that it reaches a higher speed.

Leia’s journey yields a time dilation of 62.6 days; however Luke experiences a time dilation of 700.8 days.

The students concluded that Luke is therefore 1.75 years younger than Leia, possibly rendering them the first twins ever to have more than a year between their ages.

A second scenario investigated produces an even greater age gap.

I think I need to lie down.

(Via Miss Cellania.)


  1. McGehee »

    24 September 2015 · 7:53 am

    I’m pretty sure relativistic effects apply to sublight speeds only. Exceed lightspeed with the help of a hyperdrive and the rules must surely be different.

    Then again, some people are claiming that Einstein’s math brings something like ordinary physical laws back into play past lightspeed, if it were somehow possible to exceed lightspeed without magichnology.

  2. Lynn »

    24 September 2015 · 8:22 am

    Since this is clearly fantasy I thought we were ignoring inconvenient things like relativity.

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