Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Thor's Hammer As Heavy As Three Billion Elephants

Neil deGrasse Tyson just took the mystery out of a cosmic mystery in comics, and somehow made it even cooler. How much does Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor and forged from a collapsing star, actually weigh? Turns out, stars weigh a lot.

And then, naturally, he got his hands on the real thing.

Anyone want to bang out the maths on Cap's shield on a napkin while we're at it? [Twitter]


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    Neil's holding it himself. This proves his awesomeness

      From looking at the 2 photos there you know that that is Neil?

      You must study his hands a lot.

      Should we contact Neil and warn him about a stalker?

      *licks his lips*
      As for how I know, a good stalker just does. Also, inference since he's mentioned that he was lent the hammer by Thor - so why not photo yourself with it?

      Last edited 08/02/13 2:30 pm

    I believe that's 2.1 quadrillion kilograms give or take a kilo.

    Anyone know how to calculate the gravity for that?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton's_law_of_universal_gravitation

    Neil hangs that off his pecker to make it look bigger.

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