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Iowa professor once suggested blowing up the Moon

April 19, 2022 | Comment icon 9 comments



No, blowing up the Moon is not a good idea. Image Credit: NASA / Sean Smith
The act of destroying the Moon was put forward as a way to solve many of our planet's problems.
Ever since the chaotic early years of the solar system, the Moon has remained the constant companion of our planet - but what would things be like if there was no Moon ?

Back in 1991, Alexander Abian - a mathematics professor at Iowa State University - put forward what he called the "Moonless Earth Theory". In it, he suggested that destroying our lunar neighbor could provide a range of advantages that would benefit our lives here on Earth.

The basis for this idea was that doing so would eliminate the planet's wobble (and the seasons along with it), thus ensuring stable weather and removing extreme winds, blizzards, droughts and more.

To achieve such a feat, he suggested drilling a hole in the lunar surface and planting a nuclear device deep down in the Moon's interior (a bit like the movie Armageddon).
The idea is, of course, quite preposterous - not least due to the insurmountable damage it would likely do to the world's climate and wildlife.

On top of this, blowing up the Moon would likely send huge amounts of lunar debris raining down upon us and could even destabilize Earth's orbit around the Sun.

It's also (at least for now) completely impractical and sounds more like the diabolical plan of a James Bond villain than something that would ever be done with the expectation of a positive outcome.

In other words, it's a definite 'hard pass' on this one.

Source: IFL Science | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by brokenbutcher2016 2 months ago
Our Planet to moon ratio in size, shows we have a most abnormally large moon. How did our Earths gravitational pull, grab and hold this monster moon in the 1st place?.. There are other chunks of crap out there that fly by us, and by shear size of the moon and the earths strong hold it has apparently, you would think anything within 250 to lets say 500K miles out should in theory be circling us right now. ..its odd no matter how you look at it.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Orphalesion 2 months ago
Uh...from what I've read removing the moon would actually increase the planet's axial tilt and would make it unpredictable, meaning we'd get Game of Thrones seasons. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_the_Moon
Comment icon #3 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 months ago
Just do it as Wile E. Coyote do!
Comment icon #4 Posted by equshemonius 2 months ago
I just can't sleep with all that moonlight.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Mattacaster 2 months ago
Is this guy related to Gru?
Comment icon #6 Posted by SHaYap 2 months ago
Groo... this ~
Comment icon #7 Posted by Occupational Hubris 2 months ago
Isotope signatures show that the Earth and Moon have the same composition, so it's likely they were once part of the same body. The going theory [condensed] is that a Mars sized protoplanet, Theia, collided with the proto-earth and sheared a sizeable portion of it off. The ejecta thencoalesced into the moon we know and love.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hyperionxvii 2 months ago
I saw that flim, it didn't go well.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mattacaster 2 months ago


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