The Physics of Space Battles

How scientifically accurate is your favorite sci-fi space battle?
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Joseph Shoer has several extensive, in-depth articles on the physics of space warfare:

Space warfare: Almost everything you know is probably wrong

Is space warfare really practical?

Zero-g dogfighting for dummies:

Projectile weapons vs. directed energy weapons:

Nukes in space:

Effects of radiation weapons in space:

Could the Death Star really destroy a planet?

“Sir Isaac Newton is the deadliest son of a b***h in space”

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Editing/Motion Graphics – Andrew Matthews/Kirby Conn
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