On May 4, 2011, film fans around the world first celebrated Star Wars Day. Why May 4? Quick-witted fans adapted the franchise’s signature farewell: May the 4th be with you.American filmmaker George Lucas released the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Since then, the Star Wars universe has spawned films, television series, novels, video games, and comic books. Museum exhibits about the series’ impact on science and popular culture have traveled throughout the United States, as well as Australia, Japan, and Singapore. Star Wars has been translated into more than a dozen languages—and was the first film in history to be translated to a Native American language (Navajo).Lucas rooted his science fiction story in global myths and real geographic ecosystems, making the series appealing to fans all over the world. Some of the familiar settings of this “galaxy far, far away” include the forest moon of Endor; the desert planet of Tatooine; the swamp planet of Dagobah; the snow-ice planet of Hoth; and city-planet of Coruscant.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry celebrate Verb
to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.
large settlement with a high population density.
area of land that receives no more than 25 centimeters (10 inches) of precipitation a year.
Encyclopedic Entry: desert dozen Noun
a group of 12.
community and interactions of living and nonliving things in an area.
Encyclopedic Entry: ecosystem exhibit Noun
display, often in a museum.
expression of good-bye and good luck.
ecosystem filled with trees and underbrush.
licensed group of connected works, such as films, books, and video games.
collection of stars, planets, gases, and other celestial bodies bound together by gravity.
set of sounds, gestures, or symbols that allows people to communicate.
legend or traditional story.
Native American Noun
person whose ancestors were native inhabitants of North or South America. Native American usually does not include Eskimo or Hawaiian people.
people and culture native to the southwestern United States.
fictional narrative or story.
popular culture Noun
goods, services, ideas, and patterns of their use in a population.
science fiction adjective, noun
art form that draws on knowledge of science for plot, setting, or character.
unique identifying feature or characteristic.
precipitation made of ice crystals.
to give birth to.
land permanently saturated with water and sometimes covered with it.
Encyclopedic Entry: swamp translate Verb
to turn written or spoken text into a different language.