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The supernova rule of thumb (copyright Dr Donald Spector – no not a Bond villain, a real Physicist)

Which of the following would be brighter, in terms of the amount of energy delivered to your retina…

1. A supernova, seen from as far as the sun is from the earth, or

2. A H-Bomb detonated while pressed against your eyeball?

The answer is the Supernova, by about NINE orders of magnitude.

The Supernova rule of thumb?

However big you think Supernovae are, they’re bigger than that.

About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.

Discussion

10 thoughts on “The supernova rule of thumb (copyright Dr Donald Spector – no not a Bond villain, a real Physicist)

  1. Compared to a supernova, an H-bomb explosion is lesser than a tiny spark 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    Posted by abyssbrain | 25/05/2015, 8:18 PM
  2. Ahhh… I get it… The supernova is bigger than I think it is. Thanks for the information. (Winks knowingly). I’m so bad at taking hints.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Sabiscuit | 25/05/2015, 7:08 PM

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