Re: twinkle, twinkle

Hara Ra (
Wed, 01 Jan 1997 00:07:22 -0800

Eugene Leitl wrote:
> I've never seen a definite answer to a recurring pet idea of mine: to
> (transiently) stellify Jupiter by means of a nuke detonated in its
> metallic (or at least somewhere deep enough where hydrogen is
> sufficiently dense) hydrogen layer. You know, it's Christmas, and
> twinkle, twinkle. Why not?
Two problems here. First, thermonuclear devices depend on the heavier
isotopes of
hydrogen or lithium, both of which are scarce in Jupiter. Second, the
size of a star is about 8% that of the sun. If Jupiter is heated enough
to ignite, the gravitation will not contain the reaction.

The third objection I have is that igniting Jupiter seems to be an awful
of resources, for it represents a huge cool mass out of the solar

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