### On the Energy Content of an Ascended Being

Bear with me - I'm about to do highly circumspect math to figure out just how much energy an Ascended being would have access to if we assume that Ascension is nothing more than conversion of mass to pure energy.

The cool thing about this is that whole e=mc^2 stick that people always go on about works perfectly here, because conversion of mass to energy is essentially what Ascension

So, luckily for me, someone's already figured out that for each GRAM of mass, 89.9 terajoules are given off. (Just for reference a TJ is 10^12 joules, and 89.9 of them are roughly 1.25x the size of fallout that resulted from the atomic bomb that dropped over Hiroshima.)

Which brings us to the question of how much mass would be involved in the conversion of one Iohannes Pastor, aka John Sheppard, from mortal Ancient to Ascended being. IMBD tells me that Joe Flanigan is 6' 0" and since I'm not stalker enough yet to go track down his exact weight, I googled the Air Force weight charts that would've been applicable, which basically say that a male of 70" must weigh between 123 and 194 lbs. Much discussion with

So, 175 pounds becomes 79,378.6 grams, because:

1 pound = 453.592 grams

453.592 grams per pound x 175 pounds = 79,378.6 grams

Which means that a 175 lb human/Ancient/thing would convert to 7,136,136.14 terajoules of energy, because:

79,378.6 grams x 89.9 terajoules per gram = 7,136,136.14 terajoules

and since this is a kinda messy number, this can be converted to 7.136 exajoules. (An exajoule, for reference, is 10^18 joules. The 2011 tsunami in Japan clocked 1.41 EJ. The Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear device ever dropped - at 50 megatons of TNT - was only 210 petajoules - a petajoule being 10^15 joules.)

Think about this. An average sized person has enough mass to give off enough energy equal to 5.06x a devestating equake/tsunami - and 33.98x the energy of the largest atomic bomb humans have ever made.

To put this in a Stargate perspective, the bombing of Hiroshima caused total destruction for 1 mile around the bomb site - from a 60 TJ explosion. The Mark IX "Gatebuster" used in SG1's "Beachhead" against the Ori's first attempt at creating a Supergate and as part of the Horizion Weapons platform in SGA's "First Strike" has a blast radius of 100 miles (I've not been able to find a megatonnage).

Using the most highly circumspect math yet:

which basically means that an average human has MORE energy in them than a Mark IX bomb. Not much, but still... enough that I've forgotten the whole point of why I spent the last hour doing this.

The cool thing about this is that whole e=mc^2 stick that people always go on about works perfectly here, because conversion of mass to energy is essentially what Ascension

*IS*as defined by the show. So an Ascended being is basically a sentient nuclear explosion, which is kinda cool.So, luckily for me, someone's already figured out that for each GRAM of mass, 89.9 terajoules are given off. (Just for reference a TJ is 10^12 joules, and 89.9 of them are roughly 1.25x the size of fallout that resulted from the atomic bomb that dropped over Hiroshima.)

Which brings us to the question of how much mass would be involved in the conversion of one Iohannes Pastor, aka John Sheppard, from mortal Ancient to Ascended being. IMBD tells me that Joe Flanigan is 6' 0" and since I'm not stalker enough yet to go track down his exact weight, I googled the Air Force weight charts that would've been applicable, which basically say that a male of 70" must weigh between 123 and 194 lbs. Much discussion with

**popkin16**led me to choose 175 lbs for this discussion, on the basis of John being rather lean but not exactly scraggly either.So, 175 pounds becomes 79,378.6 grams, because:

1 pound = 453.592 grams

453.592 grams per pound x 175 pounds = 79,378.6 grams

Which means that a 175 lb human/Ancient/thing would convert to 7,136,136.14 terajoules of energy, because:

79,378.6 grams x 89.9 terajoules per gram = 7,136,136.14 terajoules

and since this is a kinda messy number, this can be converted to 7.136 exajoules. (An exajoule, for reference, is 10^18 joules. The 2011 tsunami in Japan clocked 1.41 EJ. The Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear device ever dropped - at 50 megatons of TNT - was only 210 petajoules - a petajoule being 10^15 joules.)

Think about this. An average sized person has enough mass to give off enough energy equal to 5.06x a devestating equake/tsunami - and 33.98x the energy of the largest atomic bomb humans have ever made.

To put this in a Stargate perspective, the bombing of Hiroshima caused total destruction for 1 mile around the bomb site - from a 60 TJ explosion. The Mark IX "Gatebuster" used in SG1's "Beachhead" against the Ori's first attempt at creating a Supergate and as part of the Horizion Weapons platform in SGA's "First Strike" has a blast radius of 100 miles (I've not been able to find a megatonnage).

Using the most highly circumspect math yet:

if a

16 kilotonne atomic bomb = 0.5 mile radius of distruction

then

??? kt = 50 mile radius

and

50 miles = 0.5 miles x 100

then

16 kt x 100 = 0.5 miles x 100

meaning

1600 kt atomic exposion = 100 mile radius of distruction

and if

50 kt = 210 PJ

then

1600 kt = 6,720 PJ

or

6.72 EJ

16 kilotonne atomic bomb = 0.5 mile radius of distruction

then

??? kt = 50 mile radius

and

50 miles = 0.5 miles x 100

then

16 kt x 100 = 0.5 miles x 100

meaning

1600 kt atomic exposion = 100 mile radius of distruction

and if

50 kt = 210 PJ

then

1600 kt = 6,720 PJ

or

6.72 EJ

which basically means that an average human has MORE energy in them than a Mark IX bomb. Not much, but still... enough that I've forgotten the whole point of why I spent the last hour doing this.

popkin16aadarshinahfaith gives Ascended beings powerthing. I mean... that has the possibility to be impossible amounts of energy.rhia_starsongaadarshinahrhia_starsongaadarshinahwell, it's an interesting thought study.

rhia_starsongallascended.aadarshinah... plus I just posted this

popkin16aadarshinahno one in the series doubts that they have the power to call themselves gods, only the good intentions

rhia_starsongScore in mathematical technobabble: A+

aadarshinahBut you are right. The Stargates are 29 tonnes of Naquadah and other matericals. I'm sure that, if the gatebuster was ever used to actually bust a Gate, that the resulting explosion would be horrific beyond measure. If the reaction from the nuclear bomb managed to create a reaction in the naquadah in the gate, which I must assume would happen with that amount of energy.

(Takes technobabble score and runs with it.)

rhia_starsongI'm glad I'm not the only one who sits up and thinks about these things, though. Or wikis exceedingly strange things, like ancient Welsh landmarks, their connections to the Gunpowder Plot, and notorious American serial killers of the 20th century. (Now I feel like I'm picking Jeopardy categories--I happened to run the entire category they had on torture a few weeks back, and I think my parents looked at me a little oddly...)

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