By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (May  the Fourth – 2022) – In Issue 2022-079 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate Star Wars fandom on a day which very quickly gained great popularity.

May the Force be with You

Today is colloquially referred to as Star Wars Day – “May the fourth be with you…”

Who has not seen at least one movie episode of George Lucas’s brainchild, Star Wars? The saga of good vs. evil begins with the opening credit “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

There are many twists in the saga, such as the father of good guy, and Jedi, Luke turns out to be the former good guy Darth Vader.  Then there is the Generation Defining music by John Williams.

The technology, such as hyperspace travel, lightsabers and on so on, used in this far, far away galaxy is somewhat problematic to our humble understanding of physics and science in general.  However, so were cars, airplanes, nuclear power, phones, and antibacterial medication to our ancestors a millennia ago.

May the Force be with You.

Here is Cellarius’s 1661 celestial chart of the northern hemisphere.   Maybe, just maybe, that far away galaxy is a dot on this chart…

Cellarius’ celestial chart of the Northern Skies from 1661 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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