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Author Topic: Cosmic Rays  (Read 4200 times)
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« on: November 24, 2005, 12:08:51 PM »

Reading this: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/custom/space/orl-rays1305nov13,0,448566.story?coll=orl-news-headlines-space&track=rss got me to thinking. Would cosmic rays provide a good source of power to Supes while he was in space?
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2005, 01:39:41 PM »

Why wouldn't they superpower people on Krypton?
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2005, 02:19:42 PM »

Atmosphere I guess.
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2005, 04:21:54 PM »

Krypton also had a powerful, erratic magnetic field.  That would shield the surface from cosmic rays the way our Earth's does the same.  Most cosmic radiation are charged highly accelerated subatomic particles instead of pure EM radiation.
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2005, 05:17:38 PM »

And a good source of juice.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2005, 05:54:55 PM »

They should make a space ship that is powered by them.

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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2005, 03:27:47 AM »

The individual cosmic rays are way more powerful than any other particles or energy quanta on Earth near it, or even in the Sun.

But the total energy density is far lower than sunlight on Earth.

Cosmic rays would be a good catalyst in space the same way sunlight catalyzes Kryptonian powers.

But cosmic rays as a power source themselves are pretty weak.  I don't know that exact power density but it has to be a tiny fraction of the solar constant or else it would give Earth more to worry about than the greenhouse effect.
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