AstroShaq

AstroShaq

AstroShaq

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Feb. 15 2008 12:30 PM

AstroShaq

Shaquille O'Neal is becoming an astrophysicist? I guess Colbert was on to something.

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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Money quote:

"I have been involved in many hotly contested battles in my playing career and have come out an even stronger warrior, but 100 billion Kelvins is a lot even for the Diesel," O'Neal said, showing the various media present a slide of the Crab Nebula, which he called a "frightening" example of what could be left of him after a supernova occurs. "If I were still in my 20s, maybe I could sustain a burst of energy more powerful than the sun could emit over a 10-billion-year time period. But Steve Nash has to understand that I have a bad hip."

Though I must take exception to this line (emphasis added):

"Not even electron degeneracy pressure is enough to stop a supernova when that happens to a Sun," O'Neal added. "I don't even know what that means, and I am the Big Astronomer. But it scares me."

He's skirting dangerously close to stepping on my trademark, and I may have to throw an elbow.

But now it looks like I have a new candidate to blurb my book.

Tip o' the sweatband to Professor Astronomy.