So star wars question..... Is there a limit to the size of planet the death Star can blow up? Or is it like a chain reaction sort of thing and it runs out of energy when everything turn to bits?
@WelI Obviously, I think it depends how much power they put into it, compare the destruction of alderran (which was nearly instantly) to the destruction of that place (sorry I forgot what it's called).
@Zombie hunter 2000, yea I remember the "single reactor" business so obviously there's control. Just wondering if there's an upper limit
@WelI Obviously, there probably is a limit. Like, let's say alderran was the same size as earth, well then maybe it wouldn't be able to blow up a planet the size of Jupiter. Just guessing btw, I'm sure someone has the real answer.
@WelI Obviously, I've wondered the same thing. For example, what power level would be needed to destroy a Jupiter-sized planet, or even a Super-Jupiter sized planet. Does the density of the planet affect the ability of the Superlaser to totally annihilate said planet? Could the Superlaser destroy a star? If so, is there an upper mass limit to its stellar destructive capacity?
@WelI Obviously, I don't think there is a limit. I don't remember reading of one in Legends or the new canon.
@The Home Despot, a planet much bigger than Jupiter would most likely turn into a sun. It's theorized that if half the planet of Saturn was to collide and fuse into Jupiter it would most likely turn into a sun. So a super Jupiter is very unlikely
@Beaverdd15, one thing correlates with both our and the star wars universe and that's is there is no such thing as infinite energy. It will just make it harder to blow up planets like genosis if you used the same amount of energy used to destroy aldeeran.
@The Home Despot, for earth a gamma rays could provide a explosion in the core resulting in the explosion. Since gamma rays don't penetrate well density is a factor as well as thickness soo more energy is required to propel the gamma rays through the substance
@Memes Or Death, I suppose I should've phrased my thought in a different manner to account for the "brown dwarf v. super giant planet" debate. So I'll pose this question: Could the Death Star, or the Death Star II, through its Superlaser, totally annihilate a brown dwarf/super giant? If not, what would happen to said planet/star? Would that sudden influx of energy spark runaway nuclear fusion at its core? Would the low density gasses refract the beam and thus substantially lessen the effect?
@Zombie hunter 2000, this is not cannon, and is totally my own theory. It could be possible that the power limits of the death star were increased from the time they first destroyed a planet (rogue one) to when they destroyed alderran.
@WelI Obviously, if it worked similar to Enders Game, the book not the movie, the have a weapon, only ship sized though, called the MD device, it breaks up the molecules and had a chain reaction as long as there are enough close together. So in theory it could destroy a planet of any size. It would just keep going until there are not enough close together. I know that probably isn't Star Wars cannon though
@Mkb617, that's actually what I was referencing in my OP! lol I just figured no one would understand what I meant!
@WelI Obviously, If the planet was the size of Jupiter - but solid, rather than being a gas giant - the gravity would probably be enough to instantly flatten you. Assuming that the humanoid species all need a gravity level relatively similar to each other, then there's going to be an upper limit to occupied planet size - so you would only need a certain level of kaboomyness available to you in order to be able to destroy any habitable planet.
But as for your question - I have no idea.
@The Home Despot, certainly a small enough star id imagine maybe causing it to go super nova, but clearly with the death planet, it's a certain amount of energy equal to one sun, it's also very likely it passes right through even a planet like Jupiter, it would just make a hole in the gas and then a vacuum to be filled with more gas so I can't imagine it having a legitimate effect on something that isn't solid
@Mkb617, I can't imagine it being that similar to Enders game, I did read the books, and the way Star Wars the movie depicts it, it certainly doesn't lend to that chain reaction of each atom falling apart but, clearly having an impact creating a shock wave but also im not certain as to how a beam of pure energy would react to hitting something solid, I would think that it would just put a hole through that object and not creat this massive shock wave indicative of 2 masses colliding
@Memes Or Death, yeah I agree, my guess is that their "science" behind it would be way different than Enders game. The fact that they have to create a huge space station for it to work would probably make it different.
@WelI Obviously, It will do whatever the plot needs it to do. Star Wars science always serves the plot, not the other way around.
Darth Vader's Super Star Destroyer, Executor, is 11 miles long, I don't care how you try to justify that, it's insane.
Starkiller base, made out of an entire planet, drains a suns energy to fire a multiple planet destroying weapon. There are no limits as to what the weapons or tech can do when the plot needs it too.
Star Trek on the other hand.....
It would have been nice to blow up a planet with downvotes too.
But I like this one.
When it's a really cool gif and a normal upvote isnt enough
So upvotes are a bad thing.
Nothing like letting a planet know you like their content by obliterating them with upvotes