Friday, 10 Aug 2012
A team of physics students from the University of Leicester have cast doubt on Bruce Willis's method of saving the planet from a collision with an asteroid in the 1998 film Armageddon.
Willis split the asteroid in half with a nuclear weapon, but the calculations show that the force of such an explosion would not have been nearly enough.
In fact, the size of bomb needed would be about a billion times as big as the largest nuclear device ever exploded on Earth.
Not only that, but their calculations, published in the University's Journal of Special Physics Topics, show that the asteroid would have had to be detected much earlier than the one in the film.