A team of grad students has called BS on Armageddon's asteroid nuking, Earth-saving climax. Of course, this is only a surprise if you happen to ignore the rest of the movie, which is Day After Tomorrow-level unscientific. I mean, they put Bruce Willis in space, which would never happen, as he’s an official national treasure. Would we launch the Declaration of Independence into space?!
Back to the bomb …
Check out Jennifer Ouellette’s breakdown of the boom-boom-induced breakup, and you’ll be surprised at how much energy it would actually take to split a killer asteroid with enough force that it would miss Earth. We’re talking Sun-level energy.
Essentially, picture the biggest nuclear weapon ever built. Now picture a billion of those.
(via Discovery News)