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Would atmosphere of Jupiter blow up if I launched a atomic bomb there? [duplicate]

This is based upon an question I had, since in Jupiter there is no oxygen a simple fire cannot be started let alone even happen due to its temperature. Anyway that being said, If I somehow used a ...
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How much more mass would Jupiter have to accrete to start fusion? [duplicate]

How long would it take? Is it likely in the life of our sun?
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What stops us from creating a nuclear fusion reactor as we already have the hydrogen bomb working on the same principle of fusion?

I have been out of physics for some time now since my childhood, so please bear with me if the question below feels too novice. I grew up with the understanding that the nuclear fusion reaction is ...
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Is Jupiter a failed star?

In my physics lessons, my teachers have always been keen to tell my class that Jupiter is considered a 'failed star' by scientists. Is this true? In my own effort I wondered if maybe this could just ...
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What would be the effects if Jupiter was to blow up?

So, in one science fiction story, that tries to be as realistic as possible apart from a few space magics, humanity has a contingency plan to blow up Jupiter. As in, totally destroy it in one massive ...
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How much damage would a space probe cause?

How much damage would a space probe cause if it can get about 4 lightyears away in 10 years and doesn't have any brakes when it arrives? Could it cause a global extinction event on the planet it was ...
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What would be the characteristics of Jupiter if it shrank?

So, I've heard from various works of science fiction about the prospect of turning Jupiter into a star. From what I know about the physics of such a task, it would require somehow condensing Jupiter ...
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Is nuclear fusion possible on planets in our Solar system?

Apart from thermo-nuclear reactions in the Sun, (and in hydrogen bombs and other methods developed by scientists) does nuclear fusion occur naturally in the planets? If not, why? Also, do the Sun ...
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What would happen if a hydrogen bomb were to explode in Saturn's atmosphere?

Purely hypothetical since any kind of testing in atmosphere/space is banned by international legislation/agreement. The humans have already bombed Luna so ... what could be expected to happen on ...
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Let's make Jupiter a star

It is known that Jupiter is mostly made of hydrogen, but that it is not massive enough to start nuclear fusion. In other words, Jupiter is not a star, but could be a star if someone added hydrogen to ...
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If planet like Jupiter is massive enough to hold hydrogen with its gravity is it bound to become a star?

I have been reading about Jupiter as of late and reason I am asking is if Jupiter has strong enough gravity to pull hydrogen to itself then it should be only matter of time when it will acquire enough ...
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What happens if Jupiter is ignited?

I was wondering, what would happen if there was a large amount of oxygen released into Jupiter's atmosphere, than igniting it? Because Jupiter is 90% gas, therefore being a big fire waiting to happen (...
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Could we create an artificial sun? [closed]

based on dyson spheres.. imagine we construct an sphere of high radius R , then we fill the sphere with hydrogen, if the sphere is huge and the hydrogen is too then the gravity will make the ...
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What would keep a hypothetical fusion reactor from “igniting the atmosphere”? [duplicate]

So in the early days of Nuclear fission, there was a concern about the resulting energy igniting the atmosphere in a ball of fire and world-wide death which is awesome terrifying awesomely terrifying. ...
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Could we create our own mini star?

If NASA were to work together with other space programs, could we accomplish the task of creating a mini star in the future. It wouldn't be huge, under a mile in diameter. We could make a core of ...