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‘Star Wars’-style hyperdrive might produce a quantum glow, not star streaks

The view from the iconic Millennium Falcon of “Star Wars” during hyperdrive maneuvers would be far different than what science fiction portrays, scientists say.

Rather than the iconic star streaks, we’d see a glow, either due to quantum (subatomic) fluctuations, as a new study proposes, or in previous work, perhaps due to the Doppler effect shifting the visible wavelengths of stars into the X-ray range. Of course, absent a hyperdrive-equipped ship, it’s been difficult to prove the ‘glow’ theory despite the fact that the quantum fluctuation idea dates to the 1970s. 

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