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Comic 593 - Ep. 11, Page 62

6th Dec 2010, 11:52 PM in Episode 11 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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Author Notes:

smbhax 6th Dec 2010, 11:52 PM edit delete
smbhax
Conservative estimates place the ship's potential planetary impact energy at 45,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules, which means you probably don't want to be there when it hits.

Comments:

Robotwin.com 7th Dec 2010, 2:06 AM edit delete reply
Robotwin.com
Taken out of context, it looks like he's talking about that buttocks-shaped object on the left (not that there's anything wrong with that). Can you translate the joules into something I can understand, like kila-blams? Is it possible to divert the object off course with a well-placed missile barrage?
smbhax 7th Dec 2010, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
4.5e^22 joules equals about 22 million thermonuclear warheads, or two Shoemaker-Levys (the comet that hit Jupiter in 1994 and made a number of Earth-size-or-larger impact marks in its atmosphere).

It probably wouldn't be possible to divert that kind of energy coming at you with any conceivable number of missiles you might have on hand, at least not this close to its target, but the first problem would be hitting something moving that fast with missiles--would be tricky. That's why they have the ring of laser satellites, which can hit something moving that fast, but won't be able to hit it long enough to have any meaningful effect on a mass that large. The problem is that it wasn't detected soon enough, which will be touched upon in a bit.
Robotwin.com 8th Dec 2010, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
Robotwin.com
Holy smoked mackerel! How fast is the explosive expansion after impact at that speed? Would they need to travel faster than the incoming's speed to escape?