Posted: May 09, 2017 6:28 am
by Cito di Pense
crank wrote:Well, it's not exactly a realistic scenario hypothetical. And, is there much difference between a jupiter going that fast hitting the sun and a disrupted Jupiter going that fast hitting the sun? It depends on how contained the disruption is, and we could just postulate an alien tractor beam with a lot of attitude and an ability to contain the objects it's tractoring around.

Well, this has truly crossed over into who-gives-a-fuck territory, because once we have tractor beams as you specify, we can accelerate things past the speed of light. Can we not? Sure, we can make up whatever fucking rules we like. Why stress out over whether a speedy Jupiter could disrupt the sun? Of course it could. It could destroy the entire universe, because the sun would not have the necessary mass or density to interrupt its progress. We'd have to wait until the bullet hit a black hole. Then it's like playing billiards with normal-size balls on a table the size of... well, just make up a size. Bigger than Texas.

I find this shit entertaining, too, but in a slightly different way. In any event, physics is apparently NOT relevant, here, and so this thread does not belong in the Physics forum.