Thor's Hammer Weighs as Much as 300 Billion Elephants, Says Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson just took the mystery out of a cosmic legend in comics, and somehow made it even cooler. How much does Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor and forged from a collapsing star, actually weigh? Turns out, stars weigh a lot.

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And then, naturally, he got his hands on the real thing.

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Anyone want to bang out the math on Cap's shield on a napkin while we're at it? [Twitter]

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But if that were true, wouldn't it be impossible for the hammer to lay idle on the ground? Certainly an object with that much mass that's so small would punch through the earth.