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White Dwarf TNT Cube in Minecraft

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Published on Dec 22, 2010

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When a star of medium or low mass dies, it will often expand to become a red giant and eventually shed off its outer layers, leaving behind a white dwarf star. Because thermonuclear fusion no longer takes place in a white dwarf, there is no energy or heat being generated to supply enough high pressure to counterbalance gravity. As a result, white dwarfs end up looking much smaller but maintain the density of larger stars.

With that bit of information out of the way, I was playing Minecraft the other day when I accidentally set off a TNT block near what was apparently a well of TNT blocks that extended all the way to the adminium floor. The explosion was so massive that the pressure of the explosion crushed the core of the TNT cubes, much like what happens during the gravitational collapse of a star, leaving behind this one white dwarf TNT cube.

Upon discovering this oddity (glitch?), I decided to get a closer look...

The music is, I believe, called Through The Ergosphere by Simon Wilkinson. It's a tune I stumbled across on Youtube. I hope it's okay if I use it. If not, I'll try finding something else.

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