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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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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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How to fragment a moon to form a ring around a planet

Given a planet about the size of Earth, and a moon the Size of the Moon, how could one destroy the moon without flinging the fragments onto the surface of the planet or into outer space? How can one ...
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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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What would be the effect of a powerful explosive going off in the core of a planet?

What would happen if a powerful explosive went off in the core of a planet? On Earth, you have several layers of the planet, the crust, the magma, the outer core, and the inner core. Right now, human ...
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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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The power of the Jupiter projectile

I recently re-watched an awesome show - Diebuster. At one point in the show, one of the characters uses Jupiter as a projectile, slamming it into one of the aliens, but to no avail. I can't find a ...
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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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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 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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How much TNT do you need to blow up the moon? [closed]

How much TNT do you need to blow up the moon if you place it exactly in the middle? Just think of the explosion -- that there's no air in space doesn't matter! What do you think is it possible and ...
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Can we actually “blow up” the sea?

Reading questions of How much TNT needed to blow up Mount Everest and the Moon - and especially the comments below it, I have to ask it: Can we blow up the sea? Detonating atomic bomb undersea may ...
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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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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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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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