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"Kid, I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff […]"
―Han Solo[src]
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A map of the galaxy showing the locations of various planets.

The galaxy, as it was commonly referred to, was one of the many galaxies in the universe. Composed of a collection of stars, planets, other astronomical objects, it was originally formed by a supermassive black hole in its center.[4] The galactic disk would eventually span over 100,000 light years in diameter,[2] and become home to countless sentient species and star systems. The galaxy would serve as the setting for trade, politics, and war throughout galactic history. In historical memory, the galaxy would see the rule of the Galactic Republic, Galactic Empire, New Republic, First Order, and others, and was home to the Force-using orders of the Jedi and Sith.[6]

Divided into regions, the Deep Core served as the innermost and most brightly lit region of space, while it was followed by the populous Core Worlds where the human species would begin.[7] It would be followed by the Colonies, Inner Rim, Expansion Region, Mid Rim and Outer Rim Territories. Areas of the galactic disk could be referred to as the galactic north, south, east and west, in which the Western Reaches existed in the galactic south.[8] The Unknown Regions existed to the galactic west, and remained largely unexplored throughout galactic history owing to many trade routes heading outwards towards the galactic east, while Wild Space referred to regions inhabited by sentient species but never fully charted, explored, and civilized.[5][3] Due to the unimaginably large distances between systems, spacecraft utilized a propulsion system known as a hyperdrive to travel through hyperspace, an alternate dimension where a starship could take advantage of the wrinkles in the fabric of realspace to reduce journey time significantly, effectively "jumping" from point to point without having to travel directly between them.[6] Some time after the Battle of Endor, the First Order discovered sub-hyperspace, which was utilized by their superweapon, Starkiller Base. When it was fired, the weapon managed to destroy the Hosnian system within minutes, despite it being tens of thousands of light-years away.[9]

The galaxy had at least two companion galaxies,[10] one of which was known as the Rishi Maze.[11]


The galaxy appears in literally every single piece of Star Wars media. This list only includes specific mentions, descriptions, and hologram appearances of the galaxy.


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