Introduction: How To: Make Your Own Quasar (The Heavenly Death Ray!)

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In this instructable you will make your very own quasar with which to strike fear into the hearts of your galactic enemies, their knees turned to pudding or some other substance of moderate to weak molecular bonding at the very sight of your awesome power.

If you haven’t made your own universe per my first instructable:

or fine tuned your black holes and their respective galaxies per my third instructable:

go ahead and do that now as you will need a universe of at least one galaxy to make a quasar.


- a universe of your own creation consisting of at least one galaxy (make it a big one)

- maybe one other galaxy for target practice

Step 1: Taking Aim

I suggest that you build your galaxy already in position to fire a beam at the desired target because, to be entirely honest, I have not figured out yet how to alter the position of one of my galaxies without causing cataclysmic breakdown of nigh immeasurable destruction.

No doubt fun to watch, but not the result we’re looking for.

So how do I build a properly aimed galaxy?

Your black hole is most stable along the plane of rotation as it is strengthened by the galactic structure itself. Think of the cables surrounding a radio tower, holding it erect against forces that would otherwise cause the structure to collapse. The same goes for your galaxy, it is the interaction between space (the ground) and time (the tower) along the bonding force of your original space-time (the cables).

So what does that have to do with my aim?

The weakest points on your black hole are the furthest points from the structural soundness of the plane of rotation of your galaxy, the center at ninety degrees. Like flowing water or electricity, the massive energy of your quasar will follow the path of least resistance - in this case a ninety degree, or perpendicular, trajectory to your galactic plane.

Mark your target and extend a vector across your universe to the desired point in space and build your galaxy there, spinning out from that vector.

Step 2: Aged to Perfection

A new galaxy could work, still reeling from the drama of creation amidst the swirling bowels of your increasingly infinite universe; but to do it right, for the sake of craftsmanship, you must age your galaxy like a fine wine - barrel it up for a time like a diligently distilled spirit.

Why age your galaxy?

It’s all in the stars.

Step 3: A Trusty Trigger

Every death ray needs a sound trigger mechanism.

Who knows when evil might rise up and require a swift response to obliterate their wicked ambitions.

Your aging stars are that trigger. I suggest, for the sake of reliability, that you create a few stars (a few billion) of similar mass on a timeline that will allow them to reach a super-critical state within seconds of one another.

If however you prefer a more constant beam of energy rather than a massive ejection all at once, you can engineer your stars to reach a super-critical state at the desired intervals.

Step 4: Final Preparations

Load up.

Be sure to have a significant concentration of your galaxy’s mass orbiting as closely to your black hole as possible. All this mass is the ammunition for your quasar - the more massive the masses the better!

With your galaxy aimed and loaded and your trigger primed, your mighty death ray of heavenly destruction stands at the ready.

Step 5: Fire!!!

** WARNING ** - if you applied all of the mass of your galaxy to triggering mechanism and ammunition, you are only going to get one chance at this and your risk of misfire - the “cataclysmic breakdown of nigh immeasurable destruction” I mentioned earlier - increases many times over.

Now that you have everything in order it is only a matter of pulling the trigger to unleash your creation. We will follow the resulting chain reaction.

Set all (or the first) of your aged stars on the super-critical edge - then push them over into super novae.

Massive amounts of energy are cast out beyond the boundaries of your galaxy. Remember from the original instruction for your universe that energy is the rapid expansion of space as it is released from a body of mass.

As space expands outward, leaving your galaxy, the balance between space and time within that galaxy is thrown off. The contracting force of time takes over and draws the mass surrounding your black hole inward.

When mass begins to collide with your black hole that mass’s time is absorbed along with a portion of space. However, because of the extreme concentration of time within the space occupied by the black hole (see my instructable on black holes), not all of the colliding mass’s energy can be absorbed and is violently ejected outward along the path I mentioned in step one.

… and …

BLAMMO!!! - a quasar to drain the courage from the hearts of the mightiest of men!!!

Step 6: Maintenance and the Aftermath

The most violent of ejections will generally result in a one-hit-wonder, but with some tinkering and a bit of restraint you can make a very consistent quasar beam for ongoing experimentation.

Just remember that a properly aimed quasar of significant magnitude will destroy just about anything in its path.

Have fun and be careful (only where absolutely necessary cause that’s no fun) - Enjoy!

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