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    Black Hole Jet Formation

    Trust twofish-quant.
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    Why Do Some Stars Grow So Massive?

    The honest answer is that some stars (not 100x) such as hypergiants, much like supermassive black holes, don't have one clear explanation. Stellar formation isn't exactly a mystery, but it's an ongoing realm of study with unanswered questions.
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    Explosive power of a supernova?

    Maybe he's talking about relativistic jets, which only appear to be superluminal, are not, and don't "shatter... relativity." I don't know about a GRB and LGRB being only the product of a supernova, but they are products of CSOs and collapse events, right... often supernovae?
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    Explosive power of a supernova?

    Fair enough, but a nuclear explosion is not a good metric in my view. For one, it's not a standard when the range is 1KT-50MT, and when you consider that most people have only vague images of mushroom clouds in their heads it's worse. I'm not saying that considering large numbers is a bad idea...
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    Explosive power of a supernova?

    The boom was my head popping!
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    Explosive power of a supernova?

    You know, that's a really good point, and I think that's already how most of us think of orders of magnitude in such extremes. I never would have articulated that way however, very cool. Still, I have doubts that while I agree, you'd win over the huge numbers of people who want what they think...
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    Explosive power of a supernova?

    Seems to be part of the same process involving gravitational energy released during collapse; they just happen to be one part of that and directed in a polar fashion. Wait, do you mean how many 250 KT nuclear weapons, or the process involved? If you mean the yield, then I don't know, and once...
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    Explosive power of a supernova?

    Ouch, and right you are, sorry!
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    Picture of a Quasar Core

    That makes sense, thanks Drakkith.
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    Explosive power of a supernova?

    A thermonuclear bomb ranges from a megaton or so, to the largest being 50 megatons. The best measure for a supernova isn't megatons, as has already been mentioned. Supernovae are as varied as the stars which can produce them, from relatively small scales to hypermassive stars so you're using two...
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    Picture of a Quasar Core

    What is a Quasar "core" anyway? It's a very young AGN, so isn't the Quaser already the core, and imaging beyond the intense radiation strikes me as impossible. Maybe I'm missing the point... is the Quasar the entire young galaxy, and the AGN is the 'core'?
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    Explosive power of a supernova?

    That is one way to achieve a black hole, and a neutron star is one possible outcome of a supernova. In the case of a star with an initial mass that is too great to allow for a neutron star, the supernova occurs, but the collapse involved continues and GR says there is no stopping it. You're left...
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    Explosive power of a supernova?

    Mind you, that expansion is going to blast Earth to a cinder or destroy it entirely, along with the other inner planets. It won't be explosive, but considering that an expanding gas envelope alone can do that, if Sol were to defy physics and explode I think it's safe to say that the inner...
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    Wormhole physics

    I'm not sure; what I'm talking about is still a same-mouth entity where the difference is the topography, not the nature of the mouths. You're right that this kind of wormhole wouldn't link different points; you'd take a journey only to the precise point in space that you started. I think that's...
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    Wormhole physics

    So are the mouths of a kaluza-klein manifold of the 'bottle' type; I was curious if that was what you were getting at. The mouth at either "end" is the same thing, but the topography is not the usual wormhole because it would feed into itself. I suppose this would be a kind of CTC, but I was...
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    Wormhole physics

    If you attached both mouths, wouldn't you have something like a Klein Bottle?
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    Black Hole Jet Formation

    Isn't that supposed to be the same mechanism that generates our geomagnetic field? (our core as a dynamo)
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    Black Hole Jet Formation

    You can't discern that a black hole is charged from observation, but in the mathematics of them, a charge is allowed if infalling matter carries a charge. This charge is not the same thing as the powerful magnetic field caused by the action of the accretion disk; they are two separate concepts...
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    Black Hole Jet Formation

    Do black hole's emit polar jets, or relativistic polar jets, or is there some factor of its mass or angular momentum of the accretion disc which determines that?
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    Black Hole Jet Formation

    I don't see how this is correct. The mass of a black hole obviously has influence beyond the event horizon, so why not in this case?
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    Black Hole Jet Formation

    Could these kinds of jets be achieved on a small scale, in a fictional context only (I'm writing) as a kind of weapon? Does it take an engine as massive as a hunk of degenerate matter to produce the needed ejecta and magnetic fields?
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