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I made the Kessel Run in Less than 12 Parsecs

Of course the “Kessel Run Debate” emerges. Real Star Wars fans know better than to even mention it; pseudo-fans and people who don’t know any better have to scream their heads off about how “a parsec is a measure of distance, not time!! His claim is bullshit!!!1!” And it only further proves how little they know about Star Wars. The uploader andrewrockzyou quickly and immediately shut it down:

The Kessel Run was an 18-parsec route used by smugglers to move glitterstim spice from Kessel to an area south of the Si’Klaata Cluster without getting caught by the Imperial ships that were guarding the movement of spice from Kessel’s mines.

The Kessel Run was one of the most heavily-used routes in the Galactic Empire Han Solo claimed that his Millennium Falcon “made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs”. A parsec was a unit of distance, not time. Solo was not referring directly to his ship’s speed when he made this claim. Instead, he was referring to the shorter route he was able to travel by skirting the nearby Maw black hole cluster, thus making the run in under the standard distance.

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Synchronium
Synchronium

Hmm, a relativistic explanation, interesting... Although, if time isn't a constant and varies according to the observer, then he shouldn't really give a time OR a distance, but a measurement of distance moved through four-dimensional spacetime; the appropriate units being lightyears. Shazam! If I'm not wrong (60% chance maybe?), then at least it's a better explanation than him giving a distance instead of a time. <3 Physics

Daniel
Daniel

You are correct: a parsec is about 3.26 light-years. In regular space-time, the Falcon's flight-path only crossed 12 parsecs. However, I think the implication is that because it can go faster, it can travel closer to the gravity wells caused by the black holes without getting sucked in. So the increased speed allowed them to cover less ground between two (relatively) fixed points in space.