IGN writes: "Here at IGN we've all got our little side projects we like to work on. Some of us build ships in bottles, others work on their home theater system, and some sit quietly in the dark waiting for the release of sweet death. If there were one project that could unite us all, however, it would be the building of a real life Death Star. We've thought about it, you've thought about it, but how do we actually make it happen? Well, some super galactic-level fanboy has already beaten us to the punch and calculated exactly how much it would cost to build the Death Star in modern times.
Put together by Ryszard Gold, who sounds like he was named after a planetary system in the Star Wars universe, the calculation is based on the construction of a bare bones Death Star (no Wookie bowling alley or bounty hunter café), using current materials and space transport costs here on earth. Here's how it breaks down."