Super Nova and Safety
Name: Edward E. S.
Date: 1999 - 2000
what is a safe distance to be from a super nova
It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I do not know how far the
thermal or ionizing radiation from a supernova would be lethal to a human or
damaging to a planet. I do know, however, that much of the material here on
earth would not exist unless it had been formed in a supernova. Basically,
any element heavier than iron is only formed from tremendously energetic
processes like that. Since this includes vital minerals such as zinc and
iodine, we wouldn't be alive today if we hadn't been INSIDE a supernova some
time in the past.
As Carl Sagan loved to say, "we are the stuff of the stars."
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
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