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Trying to comprehend the explosive power of a gamma ray burst?

  1. Oct 30, 2009 #1
    I'm not sure if this thread fits into this particular forum, but about how many megatons would be equal to the explosive power of a gamma ray burst?
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 30, 2009 #2
    A GRB typically puts out about ~1045-1047 joules, which is about 1030-1032 megatons TNT equivalent.

    Or, if you dig big number names, that's about 1-100 nonillion (short scale) joules. Roughly the rest mass energy of the Sun.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2009
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