Nuking the sun, is it possible?

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So I spent a few hours watching mythbusters this morning on my DVR and it gave me a good idea. Is it possible to Nuke the Sun with an atomic bomb? I think it is, and that it would look pretty cool. We could do it every fourth of July to create a man made fireworks show greater than any we have ever seen.

I mean, aren't we trying to get rid of half of our nukes anyways? Might as well put them to good use and launch them at the sun. I am giddy thinking about how sweet it would look. We have the technology, why wouldn't we do this?

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Dec 17, 2018

I feel stupider

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Dec 17, 2018

Long ago there was a satirical Facebook group called Nuke the Moon. I was an early invite whom had a good laugh at the zips who thought it was a real cause and figured Nuking the Moon would solve so many issues such as tidal waves, eclipses, and so forth. The immense ignorance astounded me. It's sad that some of these people are allowed to vote.

Dec 17, 2018

Cocaine is a hell of a drug

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Dec 17, 2018

https://www.quora.com/Scientifically-is-it-possibl...
"Scientifically, yes. Huge nuke... no.

The sun is, itself, a giant, continuous nuclear explosion. Each second it converts 4 million tons of matter into energy by turning 600 million tons of hydrogen into helium. To put that in perspective.

4 million tons (in this case, metric tons) is 4,000,000,000 kilograms. Each kilogram of mass converted to energy results in the equivalent of a 21.5 megaton nuclear explosion.

So, every second, the sun is hitting itself with a 86,000,000,000 megaton bomb. That's 86 Petatons.

Again, to put that in perspective, Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated by mankind, was about 50 megatons. This is over a billion times that.

That's the same as turning roughly 1/100,000th of the Earth's mass into TNT, and detonating it.

Every second.

For the last 5 billion years.

And it will keep doing it for 5 billion more years.

Even smashing Jupiter into the sun would barely make a difference. The sun makes up more than 99.8% of the mass of the solar system, and Jupiter makes up just 0.1% of the mass. And Jupiter is over a thousand times more massive than the Earth.

The only thing that could actually affect the sun is another star.

Colliding the sun with another star would definitely have massive effects on the sun. Possibly causing it to supernova if the mass of the colliding star was high enough.

Of course, by the time that happened, you wouldn't care because the solar system would have been wrecked by the gravitic tides of the approaching star, and Earth would have either been flung off into space, or crashed into either the sun or the new star.

And, of course, introducing a black hole of about one solar mass to the sun would nicely consume it as well. Again, to get it there, you'd have already destroyed the solar system.

For all intents, the sun is eternal, and we are not even fleas beside it. Mankind would need to advance to a level of technology indistinguishable from godhood before we could even think about affecting stars at any real scale.

Space, to put it bluntly, is big. And we are very, very small in comparison."

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Dec 17, 2018

Excellent.

Bottom line: Let's move forward with the OP's plan.

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Dec 17, 2018

this post reminds me of the wise neil weed tyson - "humans are just grains of sand in a nothing universe oceans of infinity and nothing forever and ever and there is nothing out there and you are nothing everything is nothing you are just a piece of garbage floating in a vast ocean of spinning and burning stars in every direction and by the time you would come to some other civilization it would be a billion upon billion to the billionth power of years and by then our sun will have gone out. it doesn't matter because nothing matters so just close your eyes and disappear." fuck you neil weed tyson.

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Dec 17, 2018

How many people would it take to pee on the sun to put it out?

excel is my canvas, and data is my paint - new york - brunch conesseiour - atheist - centrist - ENFP - TCU alum

Dec 17, 2018

would your intent be to pee directly on the sun, or from a safe distance? I ask because, I was at this bonfire once and....

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Dec 17, 2018

You should try

Dayman?

Dec 17, 2018

Did you major in accounting?

thots and prayers

Dec 18, 2018

No, I am majoring in Finance

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Dec 18, 2018

Why?

Dec 18, 2018

thots and prayers