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How much energy it takes to stop Earth [Random Knowledge #17]
posted March 4 2013 20:48.41 by Giorgos Lazaridis

Suppose that you want to stop Earth from orbiting the Sun - You will definitely need a good break... It will require some 2.6478 x 10^33 joules or 6.3285 x 10^17 megatons of TNT to do so! To get an idea of the scale, the Hiroshima A-bomb released an energy equal to 16 kilo-tons of TNT. The biggest nuclear bomb ever recorded was the Tsar Bomba made by the Soviet Union, which released the energy of 50 Mega-Tons of TNT. So, it would take some 12,657 trillions Tsar Bombs to stop the Earth from orbiting the Sun...

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