Talk:Discrepancies in the Star Control universe

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What other dates does 2126 as the date for The Insult contradict? Valaggar 14:32, 15 April 2007 (CEST)

Also, even if the Bomb only removed an outer solar layer, in reality, this still needed a bigger energy than available, didn't it, Fyzixfighter? Valaggar 09:50, 21 April 2007 (CEST)

I don't think so - it wasn't an entire layer, only a section of the outer layer. First, if we take the 12 AU (1.8e9 km) as its blast radius, that is several times larger than the diameter of the sun (1.4e6 km). However, Hayes merely gives 12 AU probably as an exagerrated warning (12 foot pole). The Chmmr seem to give a blast radius of at least 500 km, and the bomb is described as being capable of destroying small planetary bodies. Added to that, because of the sun's gravity and atmosphere the bomb's blast radius along the sun's surface will be much larger than its blast radius if the bomb were exploded in empty open space. Also, (in the case of nuclear bombs, not sure about regular explosives...) the blast radius goes something like the fifth-root of the energy released, so a small increase in blast radius corresponds to a large increase in energy. Given this, yes I do think it unlikely that the bomb blew up the entire sun. However, the Yehat's description:
"They must have detonated the device in the outer layer of their sun. The sudden removal of a section of the sun's surface layers must have allowed the pressurized plasma from the interior to burst out like a miniature super nova."
seems totally consistent and plausible for what we know about the Precursor bomb. A lot of the explosive nature of the flares would be caused not by the bomb, but by the sudden imbalance of forces within the sun. --Fyzixfighter 17:54, 21 April 2007 (CEST)