Is Mustafar an actual planet? Scientists find a planet very similar to Star Wars’ firey world

Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.
Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). © Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. /

There is often very little chance that things in Star Wars become reality. However, there seems to be the possibility that the volcanic planet of Mustafar is now real.

Mustafar, a planet that can only be described as Anakin Skywalker’s version of hell. It was where he died as a Jedi and was reborn (like the mystical Phoenix) to be the Sith Lord Darth Vader. As scary as that sounds, it appears that scientists have discovered an exoplanet that has the same characteristics as the Star Wars hellscape, according to CBS News.

The Mustafar-like planet is called K2-141b. Hmm. Not as catchy as it could be. With that being said, CBS News reports that the planet is Earth-sized and has a rock-like surface. According to Giang Nguyen, telescopes can pick up on the planet’s weather conditions from literally lightyears (or parsecs) away.

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According to research from McGill University, York University and the Indian Institute of Science Education, K2-141b is nothing but darkness, but the hottest part of the planet can reach up to 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit. If you convert that number to Celsius, it’s about 2982 degrees. No human would be able to survive those temperatures. Hmm… Are there bug-like aliens that harvest the coal from its lava oceans?

“Our finding likely means that the atmosphere extends a little beyond the shore of the magma ocean, making it easier to spot with space telescopes,” said Nicolas Cowan, one of the co-authors of the study.

However, the newly discovered planet also has a colder side with temperatures dropping to minus 328 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s minus 200 degrees Celsius. Shame there’s no Tauntauns running around. There is also no water, so think of K2-141b as the reverse of Earth — though it does have “rain” in the form of an ocean that is molten magma.

In conclusion, it should be noted that Earth was once a “molten” world too — before it solidified and cooled down to become the planet we know today. (So maybe there’s more in store for this Mustafarian-like planet!)

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