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This article is about the planet in the fictional Star Wars universe. For the editor from Mozilla Labs formerly known as Bespin, see Mozilla Skywriter.

Bespin is a fictional planet, a gas giant in Star Wars films and books. The planet was first seen in the 1980 feature film The Empire Strikes Back. Since its introduction, Bespin has gained more specific characteristics in the Star Wars expanded universe.

In The Empire Strikes Back, Bespin's floating city Cloud City hovers suspended by an anti-gravity pod.


Bespin is a major source of tibanna gas, a fictional material which is refined for production and transport in Cloud City and used in hyperdrive coolant for starships, as well as in the production of firearms. It is home to several million individuals, including humans and Ugnaughts.[1]

The planet is a gas giant that is about 73,000 miles (117,000 km) in diameter. Like most gas giants, it has a solid core that consists of metal followed by layers of metallic gases. Many of the layers of gas are poisonous, and the pressure and temperature are far above what a human could tolerate. But from approximately 93 to 112 mi (150 to 180 km) down from outer space, there is a habitable layer known as the Bespin Life Zone. This layer has an oxygen atmosphere with the temperature and pressure that makes it ideal for human life. It is in this layer that Cloud City is located.[2]

According to fictional smuggler Han Solo, his starship the Millennium Falcon barely made it there when travelling from another star system; he had to use the ship's hyperdrive to complete the journey. Lando Calrissian, the previous owner of the Millennium Falcon, administered Cloud City and provided "well-paying" jobs for the Ugnaughts until the Galactic Empire occupied the system.

During the Galactic Civil War, Darth Vader captured Cloud City (as seen in The Empire Strikes Back) after blackmailing Calrissian into turning over Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa to him.

In numerous video games, including Star Wars: Battlefront, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Cloud City is a playable level setting. Only in Star Wars: Battlefront can the player pilot the cloud cars.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Bespin at
  2. ^ Christensen, Bill. "Cloud Cities On Venus?",, 23 July 2008.

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