Indeed, it wasn’t a small moon after all, but a space station—what eventually is revealed to be the Death Star. What made the Death Star so amazing that it captured the imagination of all sci-fi geeks alike wasn’t just its technological marvel, but its impressive weaponry as well. The Death Star was a super-weapon designed to destroy an entire planet with a single shot.
And guess what? Death stars exist!…sort of. They’re most certainly no moon, and they’re most certainly capable of destroying entire planets. These particular death stars are known as O-type stars.
What happened? What caused all the ingredients necessary to develop planets and star systems to just disappear? The intense glow from the O-type star, is what! Given its already established temperature, this star was capable of destroying an entire body of potential planet development by heating up the pockets of gas, consequently breaking them up and eventually evaporating them, all in the course of a few million years. Impressive, right?
Granted, a few million years is still a a lot longer than the single shot taken by the Death Star in Star Wars, and an O-type star is most certainly not a space station—but it’s no moon either! It’s still a star of sorts and it’s capable of destroying planets…well, planet-developing gas and dust. Oh, and did I mention that O-type stars are short lived? It must be a Death Star!
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