What If We Nuked The Sun?

What If We Nuked The Sun?


Imagine, if you will, a world without conflict. Peace reigns supreme across all continents,
no more fighting, no more killing. Doesn’t that sound nice? Food and drink for everyone, a place to live
for all. Utopian, sure, but it is nice to think about! But there’s one big problem with a world
like that: all of the weapons we spent so much time so diligently creating would be
rendered useless! These are not multipurpose tools, they have
one purpose, and that purpose is ending lives as quickly as possible! And now they have no aim, no goal, no use! What a sad existence for these weapons. Guns and swords and bladed brass knuckles
could be melted down and repurposed, but what do we do with all the explosives? I mean, our nukes could be used for energy
generation, but then we end up with nationwide text alerts that make folks think Pickering
is about to become the next Chernobyl. No, instead we should do the reasonable thing,
and fire our nukes into the sun, right? Good call. Hello fellow friends and philosophers, and
welcome back to the most mind-bending channel on YouTube: Life’s Biggest Questions. I’m your voice in the void, Keegan Hughes,
and today we’re going to be taking a look at a potentially destructive query: What if
We Nuked the Sun? Before we start splitting atoms here, make
sure you give this video a big thumbs up, and subscribe for more explosive inquisitions. Outstanding, let’s begin. We are all quite familiar with the sun, at
least in how we interact with it. We know it as the provider of warmth, and
weather, and light. Without the sun, life on Earth as we know
it would not be possible. It is the star at the center of our Solar
System. A hot sphere of plasma that we could fit 109
earths inside of, with mass over three hundred and thirty thousand times larger than that
of our planet. How does the sun generate all this energy
though? Well, around 4.6 billion years ago, a gravitational
collapse of matter created our universe. Some of the matter flattened out into a disk,
which now orbits around the sun. The largest quantity of matter gathered into
the center, and became so hot and dense that it initiated nuclear fusion in its core. Yup, that’s the sun. Roughly three quarters of its mass is hydrogen,
good ol’ H. The last quarter is helium, with a few other
elements in small quantities too. It fuses about 600 million tons of hydrogen
into helium every second, converting 4 million tons of matter into energy every second. This is the sun’s source of light and heat. Someday, waaaaay off in the future, the fusion
in the core will run out of fuel. It will diminish to the point where it is
no longer in hydrostatic equilibrium, and the core will become much more dense. Eventually, it will transform into a red giant,
and could become large enough to swallow up Mercury and Venus, while making Earth uninhabitable. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, though, that won’t happen
for billions of years. But, would that process be sped up if we nuked
the sun? Let’s consider that possibility. What is a nuke? Also known as an atom bomb, it is an explosive
device that derives destructive force from nuclear reactions. Basically, they use nuclear fission or fusion
to release large quantities of energy from small amounts of matter. Essentially causing similar hydrogen reactions
to those on the sun, but with the express purpose of destruction. One thermonuclear bomb test released energy
equal to more than 1.2 million tons of TNT. Would this make a difference in the Sun though? We would have to get a nuke to the sun first,
in order to find out. The Earth is 150 million kilometers away from
the Sun, a distance 387 times further than that between the Earth and the moon. If we were to fly a commercial jet for around
150 million kilometers, it would take around 19 years. But that is limiting us to our own atmosphere. What if we used the fastest flying spacecraft,
the Helios probes? These satellites were able to reach speeds
of 253 thousand kilometers per hour by using the Sun’s gravitational pull. If we could get our nukes on a vessel like
that, it would be able to hypothetically reach the sun in under a month. If everything went right, and we were able
to make a vessel that would carry a nuke to the sun in under a month, what would happen
if we actually detonated a nuclear bomb on the sun? There’s a few theories, provided that the
bomb doesn’t melt before making it. The most popular of these is that nothing
would happen! The sun is so immeasurably huge, and is constantly
outputting energy that dwarfs out entire nuclear arsenal. Even if the nuke got to the sun, it would
detonate and the effects would be negligible. We might notice a little blip on the surface,
or maybe the explosion would alter the route of sunspots, causing a solar flare. Otherwise, the sun would continue to work
as per usual. Another idea is that nuking the sun would
be a good way to signal our existence to other intelligent life in the universe! Paddy Alton says that the nuke itself wouldn’t
have any serious effect on the sun, but if we tossed a bunch of plutonium in with it,
other advanced societies might notice. Plutonium is an artificial element, and would
not occur naturally in the sun, so anyone picking up on this would have to deduce that
someone else put it there. This could lead to all sorts of interplanetary
communication in the future. Far out! Nuking the sun leading to galactic diplomacy. We sci-fi now. If you really want a dramatic answer, I can
take it to one final, less-than-likely conclusion. If somehow the nuclear warhead was able to
make it all the way past the corona, through the radiative zone, and to the sun’s core
without being destroyed, it might be able to detonate and cause a new chain reaction
within the sun. This new reaction could potentially alter
the balance within the sun, either speeding up or slowing down its journey towards red
gianthood. The likelihood of this happening is infinitesimally
tiny though. Don’t cross your fingers. In the end, if somehow a nuke made its way
to the sun, it would just end up being a grain of sand in the desert; a drop of water in
the ocean. Sure, there would be some miniscule, measurable
difference, but the overall function of the sun would not change. It’s just a big nuclear reaction being hit
with a reeeeeeallly small nuclear reaction. Is that answer what you expected? Were you hoping for a more apocalyptic scenario? Would you want to see a nuke fired at the
sun? Let me know down in the comments. Speaking of comments, let’s have a look at
some of your more spicy ones from last time: DarkZord 98 says “If the Simpsons doesn’t
predict ww3 then there’s no ww3” They haven’t been wrong yet! I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see
what our pals from Springfield think about global conflict. Suvansh Gupta asks “Should I study for my
exams or not?” Yes. Always study hard, knowledge is power! The Snake with a Gun asks: “What if snakes
had guns?” That’s a really good question. Honestly, if a snake ever got ahold of a gun
we would probably be screwed. Thank goodness there aren’t any snakes with
guns though! Yeetiee says “Let’s go to space”
I’ll meet you there. That’s all the time we have for today. Thanks for watching, and I’ll see you next
time.

100 thoughts on “What If We Nuked The Sun?

  1. I have 3 predictions for the next episode
    What it we nuke my sister 10%
    What if we nuke the center of the universe40%
    What if idk we stop nuke test sites and use the extra land for farming and development 50%

  2. Well first you idiots it would be impossible to nuke the sun because the missiles would burn before they even get there all that heat. I know a lot about science and biology.

  3. The Universe is a lot older than 4.6 billion years old, it is estimated to be more like 13 billion years old.
    I'm sure you meant to say our Solar System is 4.6 billion years old.
    More than a million Earths could fit inside the Sun, not 109…..

  4. It wouldn't fit only 109 Earths,It would feet about 1 million Earths.Sun's diameter is 109 times that of Earth, so its volume is ore than 1 million

  5. Hey, why do you choose a really weak kind of bomb? Some bombs are much stronger maybe even some 50-100 Megatons bombs

  6. Alrighty Putin you now your job first person to land a nuke on the sun

    Also that did happen pickrean I live in Canada we got a nuclear alert on our phones and I though we were going to die from North Korea but I realized I life more than 100km from Toronto which is where the reactor core is and it was a false alert so I was safe either way

  7. well if we were able to make a nuke like a man made supernova and some how launched it to the sun something big would happen but nuking the sun an explosion by a nuke would be germs compared to the sun

  8. Evreything : Nothing
    Literally evrey living thing in existence : Nothing
    Humans : What if we nuked the sun, earth (many times), moon, Mars (to terraform it) , Venus, Jupiter,just the Space, Each OTHERS!!

    Chill people, eventually evreyone is gonna die.😂

  9. Unnnnleeesss… we bomb the sun with anti matter bombs (which do not currently exist). If we were able bomb the sun with 1000 tons of anti matter, we could perhaps do something that can change the activity of the sun.

  10. Is it just me or is this channel slowly becoming a “what if” channel?

    Please don’t hate one me,what if we nuked the sun is also in my ‘life’s biggest question list’

  11. You can fit 109 earths in the sun wow that's smaller than the planet Jupiter the sun has a diameter of about 109 earths you can fit 1,300,000 earths in the sun.

  12. Wanna hear something ironic. Water is made of a combination of hydrogen and oxygen, both substance on thier own are flammable… interesting. Also I'd like to see a nuke fired at the Kardashian residence.

  13. It seems to me we all just wanna find a way to commit suicide and take everybody with us without them ever knowing it cause blowing up the sun is the last thing we should be thinking about

  14. So… we might one day send nukes to the sun to send messages in our solar system. Like imagine with every messages you send a nuke goes out.

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