How Fast Could We Travel Our Solar System and Galaxy Using Hyperspace?

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M Lau · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Voyager would be back at Earth in about 30 days if they had a hyperdrive.

Lior G · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

It can be a wormhole

Mr. Parody 143. · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

When you talked about the trip from tatooine to alderaan taking 14 days, did you keep in mind that the MF did have a faster hyperdrive than the ISD?
If my following calculations are right, this should show how long the trip to alderaan would be:

Hyperdrive Class 2: 14 Days
(Star Destroyer)
Hyperdrive Class 1: 7 Days
Hyperdrive Class 0,5: 3,5 Days
(Millenium Falcon)

Esnogo · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

With that logic as Finn and Rose crossed the galaxy in less than 12 hours if on the galactic map of the official guide the last Jedi from D, Qar to Cantonica you have to cross the entire galaxy
what kind of magical hyperdrive do you use? I love last Jedi and I say it as a question without hate <3

Blue Bantha Milk Co. · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

The answer is, quite obviously, LUDICROUS SPEED

5H4D0W H4ND · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Don't you just hate it when you actually start forgetting facts to make room for more starwars lore

Padawan of Christ · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

This is a really interesting video!!

studinthemaking · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

What class of hyperspace engine did that star destroyer have! That important info.

Renato Grigoli · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Nunca achei que fosse ver meme brasileiro no canal <3

Steve McInnes · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

good math skills 👍

Gary Pfeiffer · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

What if you brought animals from different planets to help take care of another. Would you consider them an invasive species?

Shmeegsify · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

I think there should be a definitive speed for hyperspace travel. I also understand that the movies needed to gloss over the time span to keep the movie going.

Fred Quadros · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Funnier to me is that you got a brazillian meme hahaha thanks for that, much love from Brazil!!!!

Gremer · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

So, with the ANH example, Han says in the movie it'll take about 2 hours. And while it might be halfway across the map, the Millennium Falcon (0.5 hyperdrive) is ~4 times faster than an ISD (class 2) (maybe more, I don't know if hyperdrive ratings are linear or exponential).

Rebecca Sheehan · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Ahhh I love space ❤

Jordan Britt · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Two minutes to Proxima Centauri. A month to go across the galaxy. Holy cow.

ShadowShade19 · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Lmao at that very technical example of alex deleting his physics knowledge to make room for trivia.

Jaren Cascino · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am


Thrawn · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

I am speed.

Spartan Sam · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Actually I'm pretty sure the math lines up. I don't remember where I read it but I remember reading that the trip from Tatooine to Alderaan did take two weeks in "reality"

Bradley Gray · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

It is established in Thrawn Alliances that the Chiss refer to their force sensitives as "Skywalkers". The Rise of Skywalker just so happens to be a familiar blue hue. Perhaps that's not a coincidence. Just saying.

michael dougherty · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

You should have kept going to intergalactic distances.

Ben Jeremiah Lim · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

But it's so much fun doing the math and physics!!!

UraiFen44444444 · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Nice Video 🙂

Rodrigo Páramo Muñoz · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

OMG! This video is now one of my favourites! Being an astrophysics and Cosmos hobbyist and of course, Star Wars obsessed, this was amazing! It made so clear to understand how it "works". Hahaha but the highlight was your photo animation taking your "brain" out to put Star Wars trivia knowledge in lol 🤣 keep the good work Alex.

RoaryUK · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Someone should send this video to Ruin Johnson, he might just learn something, albeit a little bit late.

Emiliano Borroni · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Well hyperspace is a fast boi

andyrihn1 · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

I take your point that hyperspace is as fast as the plot needs it to be but you’re also forgetting that the Falcon is canonically one of the fastest ships in the galaxy. Wouldn’t hyperdrive class effect travel time? The figure for Star Destroyers is still not helpful because we have no other reference point by which we can determine relative speeds.

MarvelX42 · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

I mean you are correct that they will ignore this, but also incorrect in that it is now canon. Of course I am sure that any visual media will trump any print media in this regard.

Anakin Skyobiliviator · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

I do like having concrete numbers for distance traveled, however, from my perspective as someone who roleplays. It should be noted that SW hyperspace navigation isn't just straightforward jump from one place to exit in the other in a straight line, but rather follows the curvature of routes that require occasional exit and reorientation, which is why some trips take longer than others even when destination proximity varies greatly. But if we are to take the straightforward route for that travel across the Milky Way, 34 days isn't bad! Especially since the ISD got Class 2 hyperdrive, which means that an X-wing or other ships of Class 1 hyperdrive can do that trip in 17 days, or the Falcon in 8.5 days!

hoob · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

I love seeing how Star Wars tech stuff relates to what we know in our own universe but people who use fake space tactics and tech in an argument and call it legitimate need to chill lol

KR P · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

d = v.t + (0.5).a.t^2
This is the equation (rearranged for time) you would use.
d=distance, v=velocity, t=time, a=acceleration

Jonathan Wapner · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

They originally called it lightspeed. What's up with that?

Outer Rim Cantina · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Wow I can't believe Goerge Lucas didn't make hyperspace factually correct to the laws of physics. Star Wars is ruined!

TheObliviousStormtrooper · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Pls do more Star Wars to real space videos they are so interesting and combine my two favorite things!

MCLegoboy · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Nope, those numbers are now factual and everything is ruined. The only way to make it work is to say there are a bunch of wormholes in the Star Wars Galaxy. The Galaxy is not shaped like a spiraling disk, it is in actuality a piece of crumpled up paper that has access points wherever it touches itself and the dodecahedral prison it's trapped in. Nothing is real, all the laws of nontheoretical physics is a lie, 2+2=Fish, and we all live in The Matrix.

Or it takes however long the story needs.

Aunt Vesuvi · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am


Blorgus · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

I cant believe this. I was literally last night researching hours about this subject and couldnt really find anything. Thanks now i dont feel dirty anymore. Edit: i know this isnt scientific and serious but this is how i will be thinking hyperspace travel from now on.

Chris Tenorio · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

What is the dangers of entering hyperspace within the atmosphere with safety bypass compare to exiting hyperspace?

Robin Swede · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

To be fair, the Millennium falcon is stated to be faster than a star destroyer in hyperspace.

Enzo Bloise · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

AMAZING video. I’d like to see more content like this.

Pubert O' Hare · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

I can reach those speeds going down a snowy hill on a plastic dinner tray.

C. ladimore · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

plus different hyperdrives have different speed ratings and i think hyperlanes also have current flow speeds akin to rivers, but it has been awhile since i have read the books.

Alex LoVecchio · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am


Thomas Manning's Run-Down on Movies · July 27, 2019 at 9:22 am

Ah man, this is probably one of my favorite videos of yours! The science of hyperspace has always intrigued me, wondering what rules it abides by and its limitations. I love how you say that it’s basically just movie magic, and it works however it needs to. I think a lot of times, we overthink Star Wars and other sci-fi stories, trying to make every little detail align perfectly. At the end of the day, it’s just a dang fun world to escape into, and I don’t mind some hand-waving every now and then.

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