Astronomer: 3 reasons we can’t blow up a planet sci-fi style | Blastr

Hey, wait a sec! In Star Trek they have antimatter. When you mix that with normal matter, it turns into huge amounts of energy. How’s that stack up?

Well … to blow up the whole Earth you’d need about a trillion tons of it. That’s a lot: roughly the mass of Mt. Everest. An antimatter asteroid 6 miles wide ought to do it, if you have one handy. Personally, I hope you don’t. Given that it currently costs hundreds of billions of dollars to make a single ounce of antimatter, you might have to work an extra job to cover the expense.

via Astronomer: 3 reasons we can’t blow up a planet sci-fi style | Blastr.

Phil has an excellent article on just how hard it is to blow up a planet.

I had no idea… I figured to build myself a Death Star and send a note to the Earth asking for a few trillion in loose diamonds… Bah!

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