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How many nukes does it take to destroy a planet?
Link | by zourato on 2011-03-24 10:39:04
I been wondering about this for a long time now. To destroy a planet in total obliteration (which I mean like nothing is left but big chunks of asteroids),so, how many will it take?

Re: How many nukes does it take to destroy a planet?
Link | by Guitar! on 2011-03-24 11:20:45
Hey Zou, I'm just saying things in my opinion...

Well, depending on the planet size. The no. of nukes would vary.

I believe those planets would lower mass would require less nuke due to their gravity.
However... I don't think large planets can be destroyed by nukes, as their gravity would be so great.
Maybe because I can't really imagine it, that's why I would say it would be impossible.

But... hmm... I think that a nuke with a similar mass and energy to that certain planet would do the trick.

Well, this is not expert opinion, its just... an ordinary opinion @_@ something for you to chew on :D

Haha, I believe someone would post your desirable answer with sources pretty soon^^
So don't worry. (:

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Re: How many nukes does it take to destroy a planet?
Link | by hikarinomana on 2011-04-01 00:41:15 (edited 2011-04-01 00:44:25)
First of all...
With the Earth's resources, it would not be possible to create that many nukes.

Of course the number of nukes would vary depending on the Planet's size.
According to my observations, I think this: (I'll use the Earth as an example)

The lower one's mass = the lower amount of nukes needed.
The Earth's Mass: 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg
The Earth's Surface Area: 510,072,000 sq km
A Hydrogen's Power: 7,000,000 - 15,000,000 Tons of TNT
An Atom Bomb's Power: 20,000 Tons of TNT

Okay, when Mount St. Helen's erupted (With an explosion force of 24 megatons, which is equal to 24,000,000 Tons of TNT), it created a 53 by 28 mile crater. This said, if you take 12 megatons, (to make it simple) it would create a (by my simple observation) a 21.5 by 14 mile crater.

Taking this: (12 megatons = 21.5 by 14 miles)
(510,072,000 sq km / 21.5 * 14) Or (2.601734452*10^17 / 301)
2.601734452*10^17 / 301 = 8.643636053*10^14

Take the square root of 8.643636053*10^14 (29400061.31)
Getting this answer, I'd say the amount is around 30,000,000 Hydrogen Bombs. Since there are uncertainties about this.

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Re: How many nukes does it take to destroy a planet?
Link | by on 2011-04-01 21:00:48 (edited 2011-04-01 21:01:34)
According to ( 7 exatons of TNT is required to blow up the earth.

The Tsar Bomba was the biggest bomb ever detonated and was the equivalent of 50 million tons of TNT. 7 extons is the equivalent of 7,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons of TNT. So that means it would take 14,000,000,000 of the biggest bombs ever made to destroy the world.

*note: They don't make bombs that big anymore.

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