This is what it might have looked like if Darth Vader recorded the Death Star's construction.
The video reveals how huge of an undertaking it must have been, requiring millions of people just to finish it. Seeing the panels come together to provide the bones of the structure, then seeing the vast interior being fleshed out, followed by the outer layers, really puts it into perspective.
Sure, it might have been a terrifying weapon capable of obliterating civilizations with the snap of a finger. But it is an engineering marvel! Who knows how many different construction workers had to be transported in to complete work on the Imperial superweapon.
Timelapse of Death Star Construction from Outside Hollywood on Vimeo.