Science Study: Bruce Willis Cannot Save Us from Armageddon Tiffany Kaiser - August 9, 2012 9:39 PM A new study shows that the movie's idea of blowing up the asteroid is way off If Bruce Willis' ability to destroy life-threatening asteroids put your mind at ease about the end of the world, here's a study to bring you back to reality.     Michael Bay's 1998 hit movie Armageddon depicted Bruce Willis and a team of oil drilling heroes setting off nuclear bombs on an asteroid that was rushing toward Earth, thus saving all of humanity from the end of the world -- aka Armageddon.    A class of physics students from the University of Leicester in the UK decided to look into whether this kind of scenario would ever be possible. The short answer is no, but they provided some evidence as to why.    To debunk this mystery, the class first gathered basic information about the asteroid itself (which were mentioned in the film), such as the total volume of the asteroid pieces, the clearance radius (radius of Earth plus 400 miles), its distance from Earth at detonation, the asteroid's pre-detonation velocity, and the density of the asteroid pieces.    Harry Stamper is not amused   Using this information, they created a formula to find the total amount of kinetic energy needed to blow the asteroid to smithereens. As it turns out, 800 trillion terajoules of energy would be needed to break the asteroid into two pieces, allowing it to bypass planet Earth. This means that any bomb used would have to be a billion times stronger than any bomb ever detonated on Earth.   FYI -- the largest bomb ever detonated on Earth was the Soviet Union's "Big Ivan," which was a 50 megaton hydrogen bomb that only had an energy output of 418,000 terajoules.    From there, issues arose with the time needed to detect the asteroid in order to be able to successfully blow it up. It would need to explode at the point in which it is detected at 8 billion miles.    "A series of assumptions must be made due to limited information in the film," said the class paper titled, 'Could Bruce Willis Save the World?' "First, the asteroid is approximated as a spherical object 1000km in diameter (the asteroid is quoted being the size of Texas) that splits into two equal-sized hemispheres. The asteroid in the film reaches a clearance either side of the Earth of 400 miles (640km) which is the assumed value for our calculation."    Source: Network World "Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson Related Articles Asteroid Belt Planetoid Somehow Escaped Being Eaten by Earth, Mars May 11, 2012, 4:35 PM New Planetary Resources Company Plans to Mine Asteroids for Rare Minerals, Water April 24, 2012, 1:43 PM Latest Headlines Drug therapy ’restores breathing’ after spinal injury October 18, 2017, 6:26 AM New system can reconstruct faces using person’s DNA September 7, 2017, 6:18 AM Meet your new doctor – Robo-doctor August 26, 2017, 8:15 AM PIQ ROBOTTM reveals its new artificial intelligence software November 29, 2016, 12:59 AM Google’s Smart Contact Lens Project gets halted for 2016 November 20, 2016, 7:00 AM Cell Research Study shows African Americans have greater immune response to infection November 10, 2016, 1:00 AM Most Popular ArticlesGoogle Pixelbook – Available at the end of OctoberOctober 14, 2017, 7:32 AMGadget accessories worth importing from ChinaOctober 14, 2017, 6:37 AMTapplock one – World’s First Smart PadlockOctober 13, 2017, 7:05 AMHow do you build the next-generation Internet?October 13, 2017, 5:45 AMFM Radio – Most smartphones are ready for it.October 15, 2017, 7:55 AM Latest Blog Posts Intel announced it’s first Neural Network Processor Saimin Nidarson - Oct 19, 2017, 7:15 AM Still photographs spring to life Saimin Nidarson - Oct 19, 2017, 6:15 AM Google DeepMind: AI becomes more alien Saimin Nidarson - Oct 19, 2017, 6:05 AM Amazon and eBay warned by MPs about VAT fraudsters Saimin Nidarson - Oct 18, 2017, 6:43 AM Robots help to clear up Fukushima Saimin Nidarson - Oct 18, 2017, 6:41 AM Child Smartwatches ‘ vulnerable to hacks’ Saimin Nidarson - Oct 18, 2017, 6:35 AM Qualcomm announces new chipset for mid-range smartphones, Snapdragon 636 Saimin Nidarson - Oct 17, 2017, 6:25 AM Researchers uncover flaw that makes Wi-Fi vulnerable to hacks Saimin Nidarson - Oct 17, 2017, 6:20 AM Facebook buys weeks –old app for teens to be nice to each other Saimin Nidarson - Oct 17, 2017, 6:00 AM Magic mushrooms can ‘reset’ depressed brain Saimin Nidarson - Oct 16, 2017, 6:35 AM OnePlus was found to be gathering users’ phone data without consent Saimin Nidarson - Oct 16, 2017, 6:30 AM How to use your laptop as a Wi-Fi hotspot Saimin Nidarson - Oct 15, 2017, 6:49 AM DJI announces Zenmuse X7 drone camera for 6K aerial movies Saimin Nidarson - Oct 15, 2017, 6:44 AM Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones Saimin Nidarson - Oct 14, 2017, 6:10 AM
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