• Question: do you think that a star could be used as a weapon

    Asked by to Laurence on 17 Jun 2014. This question was also asked by .
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      Laurence Perreault Levasseur answered on 17 Jun 2014:

      I think it would be extremely difficult, for many reasons. The most important one is that usually, when someone says ‘weapon’, they mean throwing something at someone. But in the case of a star that is almost impossible, because it’s so massive that it would take an unbelievable amount of energy to move the star just a little bit. (Also, how would you move the star? it’s about 5500C on the surface of the sun…)

      The only way I can think of this being doable is if you throw people at the star instead of the star at people. That would also be very efficient (but probably not what you had in mind…)