From the September 2007 issue

Could a nuclear explosion break apart an earthbound asteroid?

Bob Wilshusen, Blaine, Minnesota
By | Published: September 1, 2007 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Yes, humankind has the capability to shatter, even vaporize, a small asteroid with a nuclear explosion. However, the effectiveness of blasting apart an asteroid depends on its size, internal structure, and where the bomb is placed.