03/24/2014 03:14 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

According To Science, Thor's Hammer Would Destroy The Earth

Thor's hammer is clearly one of the coolest superhero weapons of all time, but what if it's actually too good to be true?

Many Marvel fans incorrectly believe that Thor's hammer, Mjölnir, was forged from a dying star. Now, this isn't true (it was forged within a dying star), but what if it were? Is it even possible? Lucky for us, YouTuber Vsauce3 is doing the math and answering the important questions.

It's easy to assume that anything and everything can make sense with a bit of movie magic. Pause your suspension of disbelief for just a second, though, and consider the following: According to science, numbers and calculations, if Thor's hammer were indeed made up of the stuff of dying stars, it would weigh 4.6 trillion metric tons, and a single blow to the ground would essentially have the same impact as the meteor that killed the dinosaurs.

According to Marvel, Thor's hammer actually only weighs 42.3 pounds. That is far less than 4.6 trillion metric tons, but it's about the weight of a kindergarten/elementary school child, and that's still pretty heavy. (Apparently, Chris Hemsworth's muscles weren't just for show.)

Mind feeling blown? Watch the video above to get the full explanation.

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