The iconic scene in "Superman IV: The quest for peace" shows the eponymous character throwing a net filled with nuclear missles into the Sun.

If that were to happen in real life, what would happen as the nuclear weapons approached and fell into the star?

Will they explode? If yes and assuming it is not on the other side of the star, could we see it (with naked eye? with what telescope / sensor?)

Would it cause any effect on the Sun? Temporary? Long-lasting?

Would it cause any effect on some other Solar System body?

P.S.: I don't how how many nukes were there. You can assume a very large quantity comparable to a large portion of the Earth's arsenal.


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    $\begingroup$ Worldbuilding has less rigor than physics Your question has, from a physics point of view, no "rigor" either. Also note the homework-type question rule which requires you to show some effort to research an answer yourself. Physics SE requires rigor from the question poster as well as those answering. $\endgroup$ – StephenG Sep 25 at 15:09
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    $\begingroup$ Nukes are very hard to set off, this is on purpose. So they would vaporise and nothing noticeable would happen. $\endgroup$ – zeta-band Sep 25 at 15:17
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    $\begingroup$ @zeta-band +1, but before that the supporting structures would soften, distort and melt. The detonation mechanism would become disabled, and the core would deform to an unusable shape. Then melt, then vaporize. $\endgroup$ – garyp Sep 25 at 16:22
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    $\begingroup$ The total power emitted by the sun is roughly 4E26W. In one second the sun radiates the equivalent of 95,602 Tt of TNT (terra-tons). All of Earth's nukes are a drop in a really large bucket... $\endgroup$ – Jon Custer Sep 25 at 17:05
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    $\begingroup$ When we talk about doing making a proper attempt to work things out yourself (under the homework-type question rule), it's things like Jon Custer's comment. It's reasonable (on Physics SE) to expect a poster to do enough basic background reading to work that sort of thing out themselves. $\endgroup$ – StephenG Sep 25 at 22:58

If nuclear missiles were to approach to sun, they would probably be vaporized on their journey due to the intense heat radiated by the sun.

However let us assume that they reached the surface and detonated. Their explosion would most likely be insignificant and would be nowhere close to affecting the sun. This wouldnt be visible from earth due to the vastness of the sun and would likely be described as a minor solar flare by those watching through telescopes.


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