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We often talk with experts about how energy works on Earth. But what if they could use their knowledge to discuss how energy works in a galaxy far far away? Star Wars fans, this one’s for you.
How much energy would it take to run a Death Star? What type of energy source could power a lightsaber? Experts from the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories are here to answer these questions and more about energy in the Star Wars films. Have a question of your own? Ask on social media using #StarWarsEnergy, or send us an email at email@example.com.
[Yoda voice]Answer your questions, these experts will. Hmm.[/Yoda voice]:
- Cathy Plesko, an applied physicist from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Cathy uses supercomputers to model what happens when an asteroid hits a planet.
- Peter Thelin, a master optician from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Peter's expertise is cutting and shaping materials by hand so they can be used by Lawrence Livermore researchers to explore the universe.
- Chris Ebbers, a physicist from Lawrence Livermore. Chris uses lasers to study crystals.
- Vishal Patel, a researcher from Idaho National Laboratory’s Center for Space Nuclear Research. Vishal studies how new forms of nuclear power could fuel tomorrow’s spacecraft.
Here’s how you can join in!
- What: The Energy of Star Wars: A Google+ Hangout
- When: Friday, June 12, 2015, at 2 p.m. ET
- Where: Watch at energy.gov/starwars or on our Google+ page
- Engage: Ask questions now and during the Hangout on social media using #StarWarsEnergy
Don’t forget to send us your questions using #StarWarsEnergy. See you on Friday!