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10 Things That Would Likely Happen If We Nuked an Asteroid

Updated 14 Aug 2019 37.7k views10 items

Let’s say an asteroid large enough to do some significant damage to Earth is headed our way and will make impact in, say, six months. What's the plan? Can we blow up asteroids? Better yet: what if we nuked an asteroid? Is that a thing?

It’s totally a thing. Some of the brightest minds in the world have studied what would happen if we blew up an asteroid, and the answer is... complicated. There are a lot of factors to consider: the size of the asteroid, how far away it is, what the asteroid is made of, etc. But rest assured: using a nuclear weapon to blow up and/or deflect an asteroid is something that NASA has spent a lot of time investigating.

What would actually happen if we nuked an asteroid? Why is it so complicated, exactly? Read on to find out!

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