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Which star went nova? Edit
Exactly where is the determination that the central star went supernova? If it had, the planet would have been destroyed. I just watched the episode, and all the holodeck character said was that "a star in the system" went supernova. Would it not make more sense that this is a large system, and another star went nova? This would not seem to contradict dialogue, and would allow for the continued existence of the planet. --OuroborosCobra 20:56, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
- The central star going nova wouldn't necessarily destroy the planet, but if it wasnt stated which one, we shouldnt speculate too much. -- Captain M.K.B. 21:11, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
- Why wouldn't the central star going supernova (the episode says supernova, notnova) destroy the planet? Remember the supernova from Star Trek Generations? That released a massive shockwave that destroyed everything in the solar system. Well, regardless, I am going to change it to say that it was a star in the system, and not the central one. --OuroborosCobra 23:01, 20 June 2006 (UTC)
Removed note Edit
If the star actually supernovaed, it is very probable there would be no Bynaus and therefore no story. More likely, the star experienced a solar flare. Solar flares have been known to cause disruptions in electro-magnetic devices, such as the planetary mainframe in this episode.
- Rather then removing this outright, I've placed a new note, merely saying that a supernova according to current scientific theory is strong enough to destroy any planet in the system - but not speculating on solutions to the dillema. -- Capricorn 04:32, January 11, 2011 (UTC)
While this is interesting, it is original research and doesn't belong in the article in my opinion:
- Supernovas vary in effect depending upon the type. Generally they are thought to be devastating enough that if a primary star were to go supernova no planet in the system could survive unscathed. However, systems consisting of multiple stars (such as the Nu Scorpii system with seven stars orbiting each other anywhere from 175 AUs to 5500 AUs apart) could experience the event quite differently. For context, the entire solar system has a diameter of about 79 AU. So if a distant star in the Bynar system, say 5000 AU from Bynar, were to experience a Type Ia supernova it would take about 2 months for the light-speed EM field to effect Bynar (and provide 2 months to plan to hijack the Enterprise). Bynar's orbit might be affected over time, and the environment might suffer some ill effects for years, but the immediate supernova would likely not destroy the planet.