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Old 12-08-2005, 05:55 PM   #35
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Default Re: Planet Destroyers

Originally Posted by Asta Kask
Another reason why they didn't torch Yavin could be that it would start a fusion reaction, essentially turning Yavin into a temporary star. Given the range of the Death Star's weapon, it is plausible that this would fry the Death Star. The Emperor might not like that. "Sorry, but we burned your weapon..."
This could work for Star Wars, but in real life, the hydrogen in a gas giant is far too diffuse to start a runaway fusion reaction. Heat the stuff hot enough and you might get a small contribution from fusion, but less than your input energy. Normal hydrogen is horrid stuff for fusion anyway. To get any reasonable rate of fusion you need heavier isotopes (deuterium, tritium, helium-3, etc.).

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