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Old July 16th, 2017, 01:51 PM   #4241
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2010 by Arthur C. Clarke, the aliens compressed Jupiter until it exploded into a star. Of course it was strictly hypothetical but certainly within reason. I never questioned it.
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Old July 16th, 2017, 06:20 PM   #4242
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No way, Jupiter lacks mass, it would have to have at least 13 times its mass to even begin to think about fusing lithium in small ways, becoming a tiny little invisible brown dwarf.
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No way, Jupiter lacks mass, it would have to have at least 13 times its mass to even begin to think about fusing lithium in small ways, becoming a tiny little invisible brown dwarf.
"Invisible" is a bit of a stretch. It's not like it would become darker if fusion started. It'd be hard to detect from afar, true, but still easier than it would be as a planet (solar passages nonwithstanding). From here, it would probably shine brighter in the night sky, since it's so close that we can see it even as a non-fusing gas ball.
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Old July 17th, 2017, 12:28 AM   #4244
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2010 by Arthur C. Clarke, the aliens compressed Jupiter until it exploded into a star. Of course it was strictly hypothetical but certainly within reason. I never questioned it.
they did not compress it.

the monolith actually started multiplying itself in exponential rate, creating mass through almost magical means (well, the books and movies certainly lead to believe it's the product of an incredibly old and ultra powerful civilization, certainly capable of manipulating space-time in any way it wants) and thus RAISING the mass of Jupiter manifold.
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Old July 17th, 2017, 10:05 AM   #4245
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Chinese Long March Rockets:

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Long March 5 vs Delta IV Heavy


Long March 5

Function heavy orbital launch vehicle
Manufacturer CALT
Country of origin China
Size
Height 57 m (187 ft)
Diameter 5 m (16 ft)
Mass 879,000 kg (1,938,000 lb)
Stages 2
Capacity
Payload to LEO (200km x 400km x 42°) 25,000 kg (55,000 lb)
Payload to GTO 14,000 kg (31,000 lb)
Payload to TLI 8,200 kg (18,100 lb)


Delta IV Heavy

Function Orbital heavy lift launch vehicle
Manufacturer United Launch Alliance
Country of origin United States
Cost per launch $375 million[1] (2016)
Size
Height 72 m (236 ft)
Diameter 5 m (16 ft)
Width 15 m (49 ft)
Mass 733,000 kg (1,616,000 lb)
Stages 2+
Capacity
Payload to LEO 28,790 kg (63,470 lb)
Payload to GTO 14,220 kg (31,350 lb)


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Finally, everybody can do a little exploration in space of their own!

It's rather limited space, of course, and not that far from Earth, but still pretty cool! Google Maps Street View has finally been updated with a tour of the International Space Station!

https://www.google.com/maps/space/is...7i10000!8i5000

Also, I technically knew it before I started exploring, but whoa is it confusing to go through a building without a defined up and down. Without those two, left/right/forwards/backwards are also pretty ill-defined, so it's easy to get lost. Often, the door your're looking for is above you, or rooms are rotated for different frames of reference.
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