• Question: what would happen if the moon exploded.

    Asked by grandy to Christopher, Dan, Mohan, Sarah on 15 Mar 2017.
    • Photo: Mohan K

      Mohan K answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      Bad things for us! Large chunks of rock falling from the sky causing firestorms, tsunamis, and the dust thrown up into the sky causing temperatures to plummet. Mass extinctions, possibly including us!

    • Photo: Daniel Fovargue

      Daniel Fovargue answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      I’ve heard the book Seveneves is really good. Its fiction but begins with the premise that the moon has exploded.

    • Photo: Sarah De Vos

      Sarah De Vos answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      Suns can explode at the end of their lifetime, depending on their size and composition, but the moon is a rocky object so it won’t explode. Say hypothetically however the moon did explode, then earth would survive though we’d get several meteorites hitting the earth, causing a fair amount of destruction. We’d have no tides either without the moon.

    • Photo: Christopher Mirfin

      Christopher Mirfin answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      Haha, cool question. If it was destroyed by something – we’d have no tides. I think it’d also affect the rotation of the Earth