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FIVE ALIEN PLANETS YOU CAN VISIT IN THE UK (SORT OF

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1 Jupiter (Isle of Harris )

- 2001: A Space Odyssey

The Isle of Harris stood in for Jupiter in Stanley Kubrick’s classic
Science fiction epic. The barren, rocky landscape near Loch
Airigh was transformed using the relatively old-fashion cinematic
technique of... a coloured lens filter.

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2 Takodana (Cumbrian National Park)

- Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Cumbrian National Park in the Lake District provides the
backdrop for the spectacular aerial battle between the First
Order and the New Republic. Thirlmere is clearly identifiable to
anyone familiar with the region, as are Maiden Moor and the
Catbells as stormtroopers battle with Han Solo, Chewbacca and
Finn.

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3 Fiorina 161 (Dawdon Beach)
- Alien 3

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An area of the beach at Dawdon, known locally as ‘The Blast’
was used to film the opening scenes of the third movie in the
Alien series . The former coal-dumping site looked positively
otherworldly doubling for prison planet Fiorina 161, where Ellen
Ripley crash lands.

4 Naboo (Whippendell Woods)
- Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace
Whippendell Woods, in Hertfordshire, doubled as the forests
of Naboo, home planet of Queen Amidala and an area of great
religious significance to the Gungans - perhaps the most
controversial Aliens in the Star Wars universe.

5 Vogsphere (Ystrad Quarry)

- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Vogsphere, the homeworld of the Vogons, features in the 2005
adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, starring
Martin Freeman. Like many a location scout before, the team
behind the film picked the Welsh quarry to depict the barren,
alien landscape

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