According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, one can cook a 16-inch pepperoni pizza on Venus by holding it in the air for 4 seconds. However, no detailed calculations were given to demonstrate this.

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    If you want someone to actually do the calculation to check whether the claim is scientifically plausible, the folks over at physics.se often like to think about questions of this type.
    – Dan Romik
    Sep 10, 2021 at 6:51
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    In the interests of 100% accuracy, his tweet does say "probably cooks". Sep 10, 2021 at 12:16
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    This would be much better suited for physics.se
    – Rob Watts
    Sep 10, 2021 at 16:19
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    Reminder to potential answerers: Your own personal back-of-the-envelope calculations are not acceptable here. Your own personal models of how pizza cooks are not of interest to us. Ideally, this would be resolved with an empirical experiment, but as this is extremely unlikely, you should at least be referencing an authoritative calculation (peer review would be strongly encouraged too). If you think that is over the top for this frivolous hypothetical, yes, this question isn't a great fit here.
    – Oddthinking
    Sep 12, 2021 at 4:34
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    @LorenPechtel I'm guessing that the 93 bar pressure on the surface of Venus would do wonders to increase heat conduction. To start with, the pizza would no longer have a "surface" and an "inside" section anymore, only a thin flat tortilla-like thingy. :D
    – Rekesoft
    Sep 13, 2021 at 11:10


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