• Question: If you were to compress energy into a tiny space what would happen?

    Asked by 925xmasen23 to Tom C, Thomas, Saiful, Piers, Laurence, Karl, Javier, Chris on 9 Jan 2017.
    • Photo: Piers Barnes

      Piers Barnes answered on 9 Jan 2017:


      This is a slightly tricky question to answer because it depends on what form the energy is in. Depending on the form of the energy, nothing specific may happen.

      A supernova is an interesting example of what can happen when a lot of material (containing nuclear ‘potential’ energy) collapses to a high density triggering a massive explosion.

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