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Like any major fandom, people obsessed with know the franchise inside and out, are able to distinguish between elements of the canon and elements that aren't a part of it, and can instantly tell you from a few seconds of footage which movie a scene is from.

But there might be one detail that has eluded us all, and it's been right in front of our eyes the whole time: Where exactly is the trench of the Death Star located? If you look at the cover picture, it seems pretty obvious that the trench is that big horizontal gap that separates the top and bottom parts of the sphere. Well, that's wrong — but if you're in shock that you didn't know about such an essential piece of Star Wars history, don't you worry. The majority of people working at Industrial Light & Magic, the visual effects company founded by , weren't aware of it either.

The Death Star's Trench Is A Longitudinal Line — From Top To Bottom

Flying through the trench [Credit: Disney]
Flying through the trench [Credit: Disney]

Thanks to visual effects artist Todd Vaziri, who keeps a blog titled FXRant, one of the biggest sources of confusion in the Star Wars universe has been cleared up. He explains that while working on Rogue One, the visual effects supervisor talked about the longitudinal trench — and everyone's mind was blown:

Computer Graphics Supervisor Vick Schutz and Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll were chatting about the details of our computer graphics version of the Death Star, and Knoll casually remarked that the trench run in Star Wars is a longitudinal line on the Death Star (meaning, a north-south trench). Most of us in the room were dumbfounded. 'What did he say?'

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The big trench in the middle, on the contrary, is just the exit of the hangar bays. It's obvious not only when you look at the size of these two gaps, but also thanks to the scene in which General Dodonna briefs the Rebel troops about the attack on the Death Star. Only one question remains: How did we never see this?

If you want all the fascinating details about the Death Star design, read Vaziri's full story on FXRant. For more Star Wars trivia, check out insane facts about the Millennium Falcon in our video below — and click here for more original Movie Pilot video content.

Did you know the Death Star trench was from top to bottom, and not left to right? When did you realize it?

(Source: FXRant)


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