How Much Power Does It Take to Actually Blow Up a Planet?

By Casey Chan on at

Like, a lot of power. Scott Manley delves into the science of the planet destroying business, and came up with the numbers that it would take to destroy a planet in Star Wars.

To destroy an Earth-like planet like Alderaan you’d need three trillion trillion trillion Joules of energy. There are five billion Joules of energy in a lightning bolt so yeah, you’d need a lot more energy.

Watch the science below. It’s so much more interesting than any other maths or science lesson I’ve ever been in.

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