I saw where somebody searched for “explosion on the moon” and found this blog, which we have talked about so that’s not surprising. But I was curious if there was a specific explosion that someone is searching for info about. So I did a quick search and found several links about asteroids / meteorites crashing into the Moon, which has happened countless times. But then I saw a link where NASA was planning to trigger a massive explosion on the moon to search for ice.
NASA is preparing to launch the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, which will fly a Centaur rocket booster into the moon, triggering a six-mile-high explosion that scientists hope will confirm whether water is frozen in the perpetual darkness of craters near the moon’s south pole.
Flying a rocket into the moon at 5,600 mph to create an explosion is cool! Where do I get that kind of job?
Actually, since nobody owns the moon, technically it wouldn’t be against the law to create your own explosions on the moon, right? Of course, that would require money and technology we don’t yet possess, but we can dream, right? 🙂
I saw an interesting headline in the news recently: Will March 19 “Supermoon” Trigger Natural Disasters? Uhh… What is this “Supermoon”? Apparently it’s just that the moon will be closer to the Earth than it has in the past 18 years (“just” 221,567 miles away), and it will be a full moon.
Here’s what is amusing to me about the article:
“One astrologer believes it could inflict massive damage on the planet.”
Notice the first word of that quote. The guy is Richard Nolle, who runs a website, and he termed this upcoming event an “extreme supermoon”. He says when this happens, “chaos will ensue: Huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters can be expected to wreak havoc on Earth.” If there’s truth to that, then we should be very concerned. But the very next sentence of the article clarifies the situation:
(It should be noted that astrology is not a real science, but merely makes connections between astronomical and mystical events.)
Ahh… Back in factual terms, a seismologist has said it does cause more “stress” to the Earth, but it’s a less-than-1-percent increase in earthquake activity and slightly higher in volcanoes. He thinks there should be more of an effect, but the evidence just isn’t there. The U.S. Geological Survey has done a lot of studies and haven’t found anything significant at all.
The article goes on to say, “Most natural disasters have nothing to do with the moon at all.” Notice the first word again. So the moon is to blame for some Earth destruction after all! Well, as they say, you can’t be too careful — so obviously we should blow up the moon! (There are numerous discussions here at Buffet o’ Blog on why the moon should be destroyed. Feel free to search the archives and join the discussion.)
After all this talk of blowing up the Moon, I revisited the petition to blow up the moon, and it’s up to 1109 signatures. That’s quite a few people, though nowhere near enough to get this kind of legislation to pass.
I decided to glance at some of the recent signatures, to see what people are listing as their reasons for signing it, and I found some interesting excuses. Here’s some of the most random and creative ones (with the original spelling and grammar):
* How long before it crashes to Earth and kills the dinosaurs again?
* I’m not using it for anything. Why not blow it up?
* Pretty annoying. Never stays the same shape.
* because it has enslaved humans in its evil orbital …… orbit for far to long
* It blocks my view.
* it gives us nothing and if we can blow it up we can study the inside from the outside
* it causes the tides. which causes friction which in turn causes volcanos to erupt, and im living on a volcano.
* Been there, not done it.
* sure destroying the moon would have catastrofic effects but thats the fun of it
* One word: werewolves!
* I am sick of my sandcastles being washed away.
* Because it’s stupid and cheesy.
* The moon is the giant stir-stick in the solution of life, and the planet would look nice with a ring…
* It should be blown up because it’s leeching off our gravity.
* It makes me feel empty inside.
* It’s starting to smell.
* Waste of space…(get it?)
* SOMEONE SET UP US THE BOMB!
* When I was there, it pretty much sucked.
* What if it falls down?
* I hate cheese…
* For too long the moon has looked down on us!
* what the crap if u blow up the moon earth would be destroyed also and id just be plain idiotic
So there you have it — lots of reasons why the Moon should be blown up. Of course, if we were to consider the argument for not blowing up the Moon, there’s at least one really good reason on that side. I won’t get into that debate here, but you can ponder it on your own time. Just don’t actually try to blow up the Moon on your own — there’s some potential side effects that need to be considered first. (Also at that last link is part of our discussion on how the Moon is broken.)
Last Sunday night I happened to catch a few minutes of a made-for-TV movie on ABC called “Impact“. It was about a meteor shower that hid “a rogue asteroid” which hit the Moon and pushed it closer to Earth. This new elliptical orbit caused all kinds of problems, and it looked neat to see the Moon up close to the Earth.
The tagline of the movie is: “Get ready to experience the dark side of the moon!” Obviously that can be taken as a pun, but perhaps the movie also means to portray the Moon as evil. The plot twist is that the Moon is going to crash into the Earth in 39 days, and unless man can stop it, all life on the planet will be destroyed.
I didn’t see a lot of the movie, but even what I saw had some difficult-to-believe moments (and I like science fiction movies). The main problem I had with it was that people and objects (as heavy as trains) would sometimes float into the air. They could’ve explained that as the Moon’s gravity competing with the Earth’s, but they said it was due to some electromagnetic effect resulting from the meteors / asteroids. I’m not sure how electromagnetism makes people float away, but that’s what happens in the movie.
There were also numerous cliché-type moments in the movie, which can get old. But what kept my interest was when the scientists / astronomers said the Moon was going to crash into the Earth. What will they do about that? The obvious answer is to blow it up. Once the plot thickened to this consistency, I started watching more. Unfortunately, it was “to be continued”, and will finish this next Sunday at 8pm CST. I figure they won’t blow it up, but it is an interesting idea.
The idea of blowing up the Moon is not my idea — I remember seeing an online petition to blow up the Moon. (I wonder who started that, and why.) But I have explained on numerous occasions that the Moon is broken, and something needs to be done to fix it. (Follow that link for a full explanation, and there are several trackbacks in the comments leading to further discussion on this subject.)
FYI, there are two links at the IMDb page for watching the movie, but I haven’t tried using them.