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This photo provided by Plox shows the "Star Wars" Death Star levitating bluetooth speaker. It’s a little tricky to set up, but once you get the Death Star positioned correctly over its base, it floats in the air thanks to well-placed magnets and a little help from “The Force.” The Death Star rotates with a tap. The sound quality is pretty good, and the rechargeable battery will give you five hours of sound. (Courtesy of Plox via AP)

Someone figured out the cost to operate the Death Star IRL. You can't afford it.


It would cost $7.7 octillion dollars per day to operate -- CNET crunched the numbers.

Um... how much?

According to Ovo Energy, an energy-supply company in England, it'd cost $7.7 octillion to operate the Death Star, the moon-sized space station from Star Wars equipped with a laser beam that destroys planets, and at least one very large trash compactor.

Ovo Energy estimates the Death Star would need over two million Empire staffers to keep the ship running.

They also estimated the actual size: 85 levels, and 257 sub-levels.

Here's a breakdown of the Death Star by the numbers:

  • Lighting: 191,547,745,149 light bulbs
  • Laundry: $62,632 per wash and $172,185 per dry
  • Food: $250 million for three meals and two cups of tea per day

Note: Octillion is either a number with 27 zeroes after it, or maybe 48 zeroes. Nobody's really sure.

Although the estimated price is far above anyone's budget, some people still want it to happen. 

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