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Mario’s galaxy would destroy themselves due to lack of mass and excessive pressure

Exile20

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Physics students calculate that Nintendo’s leading mascot could only hop between planets for a brief moment before meeting with a terrible fate
How the planets of Mario’s galaxy would destroy themselves due to lack of mass and excessive pressure

Video game company Nintendo’s most famous mascot, Mario, may be a plumber by trade, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking on a variety of roles throughout the years – including working as a planet-hopping space explorer in 2007’s Super Mario Galaxy and its 2010 sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2.

However, while Mario may enjoy exploring the vast unknown in the video game world, his exploits might not function quite so well in real life. Students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy have calculated that the small planets Mario navigates in the game would likely explode in real life due to the severe imbalance of gravitational pressure they would be exposed to given their modest size.

In the study the students have observed that the various planets visited in the game appear to be approximately 100m in diameter. This would lead to the curvature of their surfaces being not only visible but extreme, with Mario often walking around the whole circumference of a planet in a minute or two. His movement and jumping capabilities appear the same on each planet, as well as on Earth, leading to the assumption that they all have the same surface gravity (9.81ms ²).

If confined in too small a space, elementary particles are not only affected by electric repulsion, but also by quantum repulsion between electrons. If this quantum force is larger than electric repulsion, electrons become degenerate and exert an additional degeneracy pressure against the gravitational pressure. In white dwarfs this pressure is balanced by gravity to produce a stable body - however the baby planets in the Super Mario Galaxy games would not have enough mass to have this stability.

As the degeneracy pressure far outstrips the gravitational pressure, planets of this size would survive for only a very brief moment before violently destroying themselves and any gaming avatars that happen to be running about on their surface - showing that if real-world physics were applied to Mario’s world it would seemingly result in a lot of ‘Game Over’ screens.

The students presented their findings in a paper for the Journal of Physics Special Topics, a peer-reviewed student journal run by the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. The student-run journal is designed to give students practical experience of writing, editing, publishing and reviewing scientific papers.

The paper - https://physics.le.ac.uk/journals/index.php/pst/article/view/706/509

http://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2014-archive-1/november/in-the-real-world-the-planets-of-mario2019s-galaxy-would-destroy-themselves-due-to-lack-of-mass-and-excessive-pressure

Thanks to that special someone for the story.
 

SURGEdude

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Lol. And here I was just wondering how anybody could breathe. Speaking of Galaxy can we get a 3rd one please? Never been a big Mario fan but damn are those games awesome!
 
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PoorChoices

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Haha, that's funny. Next you're going to tell me that my old dog Rufus isn't really on a big farm up-state, or that Santa is just some dude in a suit and it was my parents who bought the presents.

Hilarious.
 

jgwhiteus

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Doesn't his Luma help him adjust to the gravity / atmosphere of any planet he's on (as well as give him the ability to breathe and fly in outer space)?

You can't assume gravity is the same for every planet when magic Lumas are involved... how did this make it past peer review?!?! :p
 

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Italian plumber in a magical land growing in size by eating magic mushrooms, hurling balls of flame from his hands by eating a flower, curb stomping gargantuan evil mushrooms... and this is the unrealistic thing they decide to nitpick?

Why?
 

Corgi

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Anyone else pay attention to the background of final destination of wii u smash?

freaking sun and the earth are colliding (sun is somehow the same size as earth).
 

Makonero

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Considering that Mario jumps unrealistically high already, I don't see why normal gravity is assumed.
 
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We don't know shit about this galaxy or universe, let alone a completely different one. A made up one at that. Don't believe the propaganda!
 

Patapwn

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To a physics department, looking at various media and analyzing the real world implications might constitute what we call 'fun'. Lets not come down on these nerds to hard (like gravity!)
 

OverturePT

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Glad that's settled, I could barely sleep at night thinking about this. We can finally call this game what it truly is... garbage.




When's the third one coming?
 

Gummb

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That would be a really cool mechanic... having these little planetoids form and destroy themselves where you have to hop from one to the next before time runs out and you get killed.
 

Speevy

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There's no movie, TV show, or game about life in space that accommodates what we know about the universe.

Space is not fun, so we have to make it fun with aliens, space ships, and fantasy planets that could never exist.

The human race will die and the universe will end without anyone ever having set foot anywhere besides Earth and our Moon.
 
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Glad that's settled, I could barely sleep at night thinking about this. We can finally call this game what it truly is... garbage.




When's the third one coming?
Development on Galaxy 3 is being held back by these issues. Nintendo emgineers are breaking their brains over this.
 

Harlock

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What would be the smallest possible stable planet with gravity similar to earth?
 

Astral Dog

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Lol. And here I was just wondering how anybody could breathe. Speaking of Galaxy can we get a 3rd one please? Never been a big Mario fan but damn are those games awesome!

Nintendo should move to something else,new,not a 3D World sequel either, i think Galaxy is not the same without the Wii remote.