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Another Good Reason Not to Shoot Nukes at Asteroids

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We would end up blowing up Bruce Willis along with the asteroid.

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1 point · 8 years ago

Initially I thought "Ha ha, very funny OP. Firing a giant phallic object at a butt-shaped asteroid." /rollseyes

Apparently that's not why the OP posted the article :/

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Science reporters...please stop making silly statements in your story...

But if we are faced with a civilization-ending asteroid appearing out of nowhere, like the one that wiped out the dinosaurs, I'd be the first to suggest assembling the world's nuclear arsenal.

It didn't appear out of no where; dinosaurs didn't have 1000 telescopes and satellites staring at the sky. And if they did, please tell me about it, because that is awesome.

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1 point · 8 years ago · edited 8 years ago

If an asteroid is small enough to keep the damage localized to a city we probably wouldn't see it anyway.

test it for yourself

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0 points · 8 years ago

An asteroid of maybe only 100 feet in diameter can cause an aerial burst of +100 kilotons. That's a medium sized nuke a few miles above the ground. It would flatten a small city and we wouldn't see it coming. :)

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Surely, you used the wrong bracket for your smiley face ":( "

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0 points · 8 years ago

If asteroids are reassembling themselves after you nuke them, you're not using enough nukes.

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