Ontopic Mission to Uranus

Mr. Asa

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pseudo sci/scifi question

So say you have a space battle going on
Ships all flying around pew pew pew-in at each other
When the pews hit a ship, they explode or are damaged
What happens when one of those pews misses?
You have a large bolt of energy lobbed from a flying space craft. Does it just keep going forever?
Would it be affected by gravity? Like pulled into permanent orbit around a moon or planet?
Or does it just dissipate over time?

Please speculate wildly
Unless it's a cohesive thing, like a torpedo, it should just dissipate.
 

Jehannum

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depends what the pews are made of. Are they lasers? If so, they have a diffraction constant and will spread out into a cone so big it doesnt matter pretty soon. What if they pews are something more physical though, like plasma. Even in a poor thermo environment like space, plasma is going to cool over time.

Everything is affected by gravity, so yes.
My pews are made mostly of air, with a little methane thrown in for flavor.
 

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I think when The Expanse was mentioned, it was referring to books. Could be wrong, as I don’t read.

In the first season of the TV show, during one of the battles, some of the ships appeared to be using guns that shot a solid projectile. That one dude got his head taken off by a cannonball, and it appears as though smaller rounds were perforating the ship.

I’m likely also wrong on that too though.