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# 10
02-18-2013, 12:35 AM
If Hale-Bopp did hit the Enterprise-D (assuming the Enterprise was travelling at sublight velocity) the comet would barely notice the impact. It would simply continue on its merry way with a Galaxy-class-shaped indentation in the front of it.

Hale-Bopp's nucleus is estimated to be 70km in diameter - roughly 100 times the diameter of the Enterprise-D's saucer section. Sheer mass almost always wins.

And before you start to argue that the Enterprise is denser than an ice ball, let me remind you that any ship mostly contains air. The hull may be more dense than ice, but it's just a thin layer of tritanium and transparent aluminum meant chiefly to contain the air within. Generally whenever a metal ship meets a large ice cube, the ice cube wins. (Remember the Titanic?)

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