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If a moon shattered into pieces, what would happen?

Say I have a planet with 10-20 moons of varying sizes orbiting it. If one of these moons were to explode/shatter into tiny pieces (I know this is probably impossible, but if we pretended it were ...
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Is it possible to create a bomb powerful enough to wipe out all life on the planet?

Would it be possible to create a bomb powerful enough to turn the entire planet into an inhospitable wasteland devoid of life, with technology available to us right now? Would this bomb be able to ...
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How hard is it to shatter the moon?

After seeing this question, I wondered what weapon of choice (and, logically, the grand scale of energy amount) is needed to shatter the moon. Let's take our moon, the Moon, the natural satellite of ...
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Would it be possible to use antimatter confined by magnets as a bomb? What effect would this have on an Earthlike planet?

For my world, a planet sends a high amount of magnetically confined antimatter towards another planet the size of Earth and obliterates it. I'm wondering if this would be possible and what effect it ...
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What's the largest body in the solar system that you could destroy without endangering humanity?

You're an alien that really likes pyrotechnics. Nothing that goes boom on your home planet (in a safe and responsible manner) satisfies you any more. Why not blow up a planet and see what that's ...
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Can we destroy the Sun? [duplicate]

The Sun is evil, we must destroy it by any means possible to us today! Can we destroy it? Or at least shorten it's lifespan.
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Can you destroy a planet by poking a hole in it?

Imagine you are an evil humanoid alien that wants to destroy Earth (or something awfully similar) for whatever reason. However as an alien, you do not possess any physical weapons. No laser guns. No ...
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How fast would a planet have to be spinning for the centrifugal/centripetal force to cancel out the force of gravity near the equator?

So, I know that on the planet earth, the force of gravity is actually slightly less nearer the equator, due to the Centrifugal Centripetal Spinny Force. Not by a whole lot, but by some small amount. ...
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How deep underground should a data center on Earth's moon be, to be comparably safe to one on Earth?

The singularity has occurred and it wants an off-site backup. How deep should we all bury the lunar datacenter to be comfortably safe from radiation, cosmic rays, etc., while not causing cave-ins and ...
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Can we start a colony on a passing rogue planet?

A rocky planet, similar to Earth in mass and composition, is set to pass through the solar system in one year's time. It has frozen oceans of water ice and a thin atmosphere of unknown composition. It'...
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How much force would be needed to split the moon in half? [duplicate]

I've always seen things in fiction and in the Quran where the moon was split in half. Then, it got me to thinking, how much force, if there is even a formula for this and if so point me in its ...
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How to wipe out humanity within a week? [closed]

We are in a near-future Earth. Humanity does not have access to Antimatter bombs and I forbid nuclear war. What event could wipe out humanity within a week? Requirements This must not be ...
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How large would an impact have to be to destroy earth? [duplicate]

Supposing I had a planet the size of the earth, how much mass and how much velocity would an impacting body have to have to completely annihilate the planet? That it is to say that its reduced from a ...
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Can a planet destroy itself?

More often we have heard countless of familiar sci-fi scenario whereby the inhabitants of a dying planet faces world ending catastrophe most notable the superman origin. My question is can a planet ...
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Size of the volcano that ends the world

One of the theories behind the extinction of the dinosaurs is the eruption of one or a series of volcanoes. Supposedly the ash expelled by these eruptions blocked out the sun, killing plants and thus ...

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