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The Mythbusters Play With Lasers In Their Latest Star Wars Episode

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On tonight’s episode of Mythbusters, Adam and Jamie return to Star Wars for some inspirations. Among the things they figure out? Just how fast a blaster shot moves, and how people can dodge out of the way.

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In the clip below, Adam explains how they came to find out just how fast blaster bolts travel. (Hint: it involves lots of math and watching Star Wars).

Maybe this is one reason why stormtroopers never hit anything - they just need faster weapons.

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Mythbusters Star Wars 2 airs Saturday, September 5th at 9/8c.

Image credit: Discovery Channel

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The energy from the blaster travels at 135 MPH? Wow. I knew they couldn’t be laser weapons and was guessing some kind of charged particle weapon since on Hoth the Rebels were using a giant ion cannon but even for ions that’s incredibly slow.