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Star Wars: Escape Pod lands in Tunisian desert

Meteor strike hits real-life city of Tataouine

The galaxy far, far away might not be as far as we thought… as a suspicious meteor has landed in the Tunisian desert, just outside the real-life city of Tataouine.

That's right folks - it turns out that 'Star Wars' might not have been quite as far-fetched as we thought. But forget about Death Star lasers and real-life lightsabers… it looks as though a recent meteor strike near the real Tunisian town of Tataouine might just have mimicked some of the opening scenes from 'Star Wars: A New Hope'. Presumably without the actual droids.

[Chewbacca gets a double knee-replacement]

According to Radio Tataouine (yes, that is a real radio station) a space object fell into open, rural desert last night, just outside Tataouine. And apparently it wasn't far from the filming location of the first 'Star Wars' movie.

"Witnesses say that a bright object was seen falling from the sky at around 8 p.m. and then exploded on the ground. The streaking space object was reportedly visible from the city of Tataouine."

Of course, Tataouine made a name for itself after George Lucas took inspiration for Luke Skywalker's home planet - naming it 'Tatooine' and filming much of the start of the film in various locations nearby. Home to the famous Mos Espa cantina as well as Obi-Wan's hermitage and even Anakin Skywalker's home, Tataouine has a long history with the galaxy far, far away.

But could this meteor strike hide a much deeper connection to the 'Star Wars' universe?

Obviously, a meteor landing in the deserts of Tataouine resembles some of the most iconic scenes from 'A New Hope'. Specifically, the escape of R2-D2 and C-3PO. But there have been no reports of Imperial vessels in the area. At least, not yet.

Strangely, this isn't the first time the city of Tataouine has seen visitors from outer space. Way back in 1931, a similar meteorite landed in the deserts just outside the city, leaving behind fragments believed to have originated from the asteroid 4 Vesta.

[Mark Hamill in training for Star Wars VII]

"No injuries or damages have been reported," said local news website Tunisia Live. But it does seem to have spooked the locals - a clan of small, hooded creatures who have been spotted near the crash site muttering 'utinni' as they search for spare parts.

According to local radio reports, a military patrol is now looking for the impact site.

But while Tunisian authorities have detained two suspicious individuals in connection with the meteor strike, they were later released on the grounds that these were not the droids they were looking for.

What do you think of this spectacular meteor strike? An incredible coincidence or something more sinister? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Ryan Leston is a sci-fi geek from Cardiff who loves all things Star Wars. His favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back and he still wants to be Han Solo when he grows up. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.

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