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If a nuclear missile accidentally flies out of Earth's air into the Sun, what would happen?
- ANDRE LLv 71 month ago
One, the velocity to send a missile on a trajectory that will intersect the Sun cannot occur by accident.
Heck, nuclear missiles are not designed to even put their warheads into Earth orbit, as they are too heavy to get to the velocity needed to go into orbit. So, such a missile is even less capable of sending it's warhead out of Earth orbit.
If any spacecraft got too close to the Sun, it would melt and then turn to vapor.
- StarryskyLv 72 months ago
The Earth is more than a million times smaller than the Sun. A missile is more than an octillion times smaller than the Earth. Even if the missile with a bomb on board survives getting close to the Sun (it would melt before it got there--the surface is at 11 thousand degrees F, the gas above it is at a million degrees) the bomb explosion would be too small to even notice.
A single tiny solar flare, just a pin dot in size on the face of the Sun, has more than a thousand times the energy of the largest hydrogen bomb ever made.
- lenpol7Lv 72 months ago
Not a lot!!!! Reason the Sun is a giant Nuclear Reactor. The nuclear missile would be just a tiny speck in the Sun's nuclear furnace.
- tham153Lv 72 months ago
It would start to melt shortly after passing the orbit of Mercury, and vaporize a few million miles from the solar photosphere.
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- nineteenthlyLv 72 months ago
It would vaporise before it got there.
- Anonymous2 months ago
The enemies of the nation who sent it up would point and laugh.
- TikimaskedmanLv 72 months ago
Absolutely nothing. In fact, we could send our entire nuclear arsenal to the Sun and it would just melt and then orbit the Sun with no consequence. If it did somehow make it to the surface of the Sun, it would just gobble it up like it's nothing, with no noticeable increase in brightness or output.
- JimLv 72 months ago
It would melt.
Did you know it's actually very difficult to get something to fly into the sun? Obit yes, fly in requires a huge rocket to counter the orbital velocity.
- billrussell42Lv 72 months ago
1. totally not possible, a missile doesn't have enough energy to even make orbit, let alone reach the sun.
2. and if it did, nothing would happen, it would melt before it got very close to the surface.