The Energy Required to Stop the Earth Orbiting the Sun

Daven Hiskey April 29, 2011 3

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The energy required to stop the Earth orbiting the sun is about 2.6478 × 10^33 joules or 7.3551 × 10^29 watt hours or 6.3285*10^17 megatons of TNT.  For reference, the largest nuclear explosion ever detonated (the Tsar Bomba by the Soviet Union) “only” produced 50 megatons of TNT worth of energy.  So it would take about 12,657,000,000,000,000 of those nuclear bombs detonated at the correct location to stop the Earth from orbiting the sun.

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3 Comments »

  1. Lefteris May 5, 2011 at 2:59 am - Reply

    But then again if we do that, the earth will just head towards the sun and life as we know it will end… it will keep the sun burning longer, though!

  2. asdf May 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    An explosion that big will probably blow up the Earth, let alone alter its orbit… lol

  3. Raymond May 16, 2011 at 12:16 am - Reply

    I think its doable!

    When do we start? i’ll bring pizza!

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