Eagle-eyed Star Wars fans spot iconic ship Millennium Falcon on Google Earth

Eagle-eyed Star Wars fans have spotted the Millennium Falcon on Google Earth – at a golf course in Surrey.

The famous space ship played a key role in some of the greatest victories for the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic in the movie franchise, featuring in eight films in the franchise.

As Tuesday marks Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you), some film fans discovered that the storage system for the most iconic ship in the galaxy is far less glamorous than many might have expected.

The Millennium Falcon is hold up a golf course a stone's throw from Longcross Studios in Chertsey, Surrey, where it was used in the filming of The Last Jedi, which aired in 2017.

Star Wars producers had decided to conceal the freighter under some plastic tarpaulin inside a circle of storage containers.

But it took no time at all for some dedicated nerds to identify the ship’s unmistakable shape via Google Earth’s bird’s-eye view.

It was carelessly nestled on the outskirts of a scrap yard, leading to a string of jokes on social media.

One person wrote: "'You've hidden the Millennium Falcon right?'

"'Don't you worry boss. No one's finding that any time soon.'"

Celebrating May 4 as Star Wars Day spread through the fanbase from the start of the franchise in 1977.

The date originated from the pun 'May the Fourth be with you', a play on words on the popular Star Wars catchphrase 'May the Force be with you.'

The Millennium Falcon is primarily commanded by key character Han Solo and his Wookiee pal Chewbacca.

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