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The Death Star being built in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story © 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Is there a constant ‘up’ on all the Death Star’s floors, or is the core always down?

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Things are looking up on the Dark Side of the Force.

The first version of the Death Star was only 160km in diameter, which makes it more like a large asteroid than a moon, and too small to have any significant natural gravity. If the Death Star rotated once every nine minutes, this would be enough to generate 1g of centrifugal force at the surface, but this would point outwards. Instead, the Death Star has artificial gravity that points towards the core for the decks nearest the surface. In the central section, all the decks use a separate gravity that points down towards its south pole.

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luis villazon
Luis VillazonQ&A expert

Luis trained as a zoologist, but now works as a science and technology educator. In his spare time he builds 3D-printed robots, in the hope that he will be spared when the revolution inevitably comes.

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