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Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin observes the targeting display of the Death Star I, which displays Alderaan and indicates a distance of 2.9945 megalights.
Zoom and clarification of the above image.
An Industrial Light & Magic spaceship speed and maneuverability chart from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi post production

A megalight, abbreviated MGLT, was standard unit of distance in space.

The T-65 X-wing starfighter and TIE/ln starfighter had top sub-light speeds of 100 MGLT per hour.[1]

The superlaser targeting system of the Death Star I used megalights to indicate the distance to planets to be fired upon.[2]

Behind the scenes

The MGLT was originally introduced in Industrial Light & Magic's reference chart for Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi as a measurement of relative speed.[3] It was adapted into a speed constant for the X-wing computer game series, which use non-Newtonian flight mechanics.

In the Star Wars: Behind the Magic interactive CD-ROM, released in the Fall of 1998 by LucasArts, a 'vehicle speed comparison chart' shows the maximum sublight speeds of various spacecraft displayed in MGLT.

A cutscene in the original Star Wars: X-wing shows the full term spelled out, but this has apparently been overlooked by such analysts as Curtis Saxton, who believes the word is a much later invention.[4] The Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance instruction manual suggests "To dodge missiles, try flying 90 megalights per hour or faster." which would seem to indicate that MGLT is the unit of distance, but this is still unclear.

The relationship between the MGLT and acceleration in multiples of G, which is used in many recent sources,[5][6] is not yet known.

Appearances

  • Star Wars: X-wing (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: TIE Fighter
  • Star Wars: X-wing vs. TIE Fighter
  • Star Wars: X-wing Alliance
  • Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron

Notes and references

  1. Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance and associated manual
  2. Star Wars: X-wing Tour of Duty 3 cutscene 2
  3. Return of the Jedi Sketchbook, page 95
  4. Star Wars Technical Commentaries: Standard Units
  5. The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  6. Star Wars: Complete Cross-Sections

External links

  • Star Wars Technical Commentaries: Standard Units
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