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Duane534
2003-Aug-11, 03:52 AM
So, if you ever dump Plutonium into a star, it'll kill it.

Then, you can rocket stable atoms of any random element with an atomic number over 200 into it? Right...

Oh, then they bond to the original atoms to make them OK inside the heat of a star's core. Uh huh...

Does this make sense to anyone?

pmcolt
2003-Aug-11, 05:02 AM
It probably makes sense to the writers of Enterprise. I think this was mentioned in the last page of the SG-1 Causing More Trouble (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=5776&start=100) thread, and inspired the Poisoning a Star (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=7220) thread.

Of course, the real reason that plutonium killed the star is becaus Pu is an eeeeeevil nukyular substance. :roll:

Glom
2003-Aug-11, 09:44 AM
It was indeed a bit of plottobabble that crops up occasionally on SG1. It's not as common as it is on other series where they just make up the first thing that comes out of their digestive tract, but it does happen. 'A Matter of Time' comes to mind, even though that was a good episode.

tracer
2003-Aug-12, 12:16 AM
Then, you can rocket stable atoms of any random element with an atomic number over 200 into it? Right...
And best of all, you only need a small pharmaceutical container full of the atomic-number-over-200 element to save the whole star!


Oh, then they bond to the original atoms to make them OK inside the heat of a star's core. Uh huh...
Worse. They didn't say they'd bond with the Plutonium atoms, they said they'd bond with the Plutonium molecules. Molecules. In the core of a star. #-o

And somehow, this magical mystery bonding process would cause the new Plutonum-superheavium compound to become "stable", presumably meaning nonradioactive. I had no idea that chemically bonding two molecules togther could alter the radioactivity of the atoms involved. :roll:

captain swoop
2003-Aug-12, 08:41 AM
And in the end it didn't work, it was just a deperate gamble and the Asgard used it as cover to intervene and sort things out.