Ever wondered what factors are necessary to make Luke Skywalker’s survival of hypothermia on the ice planet Hoth scientifically possible? For those amongst you who are proficient in the German language*, interested in physics and Star Wars, follow this link to read the full article on the science blog timaios.org and find out the answer.

*Update February 11th, 2015: There is now an English translation of the article here.

Perhaps Han Solo cut ice blocks with a laser saw to build an igloo shelter for hypothermic Luke? Find out here.

Perhaps Han Solo cut ice blocks with a laser saw to build an igloo shelter for hypothermic Luke? Find out here.

Left: Luke Skywalker – Homo Sapiens from planet Tatooine. Right: Tauntaun – Reptomammal from the ice planet Hoth.

Left: Luke Skywalker – Homo Sapiens from planet Tatooine. Right: Tauntaun – Reptomammal from the ice planet Hoth.

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