BBY is an acronym used by the Star Wars fan community, which stands for Before the Battle of Yavin. The term is used when attempting to file information in correct chronological order using the Battle of Yavin (ie, the events from Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope) as an immutable standard. Events that take place prior to the original Star Wars film are said to happen in x (years) BBY. For example: Luke Skywalker was born in 19 BBY, nineteen years prior to his introduction in the original Star Wars. This dating tool is not part of any official calendar and is not used within the mythology of the Star Wars universe itself.
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