- "We are approaching the planet Yavin. The Rebel base is on a moon on the far side. We are preparing to orbit the planet."
- ―An Imperial to Wilhuff Tarkin, via intercom
Yavin was an orange gas giant, nearly 200,000 kilometers in diameter, located in the Outer Rim Territories. It was orbited by twenty-six moons, three of which could sustain humanoid life. One of those moons, Yavin 4, was once home to the ancient Massassi warriors. During the Galactic Civil War, Yavin 4 was almost destroyed by the Death Star, a planet-killing battle station designed by the Galactic Empire.
In the same year, the Death Star orbited Yavin to destroy Yavin 4.
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