Question by  jwolf36b (25)

What happens when there is an explosion within an asteroid?


Answer by  fishy (1085)

An explosion within an asteroid will first possibly fragment the asteroid into smaller pieces. Also, the direction of the asteroid path will most likely change due to the force exerted on the surface by the explosion.


Answer by  raun08 (1839)

It depends on the composition of the asteroid. Some materials are stronger than others or behaving differently in the vacuum of space. It might blow apart into tiny pieces, it might just split in half it's even possible a chain reaction will start that will cause it to burn.


Answer by  saurabhp (158)

When there is an internal explosion within an asteroid, a bunch of rock, ice, and gas particles become dispersed outward in all directions.


Answer by  e36 (170)

Explosions in asteroids are rare, because there is rarely any oxygen for an explosion to occur. However, if one does occur, the asteroid will likely break apart into smaller asteroids.


Answer by  kevincai96 (669)

Since there is virtually no gravitational pull into the center by an asteroid, the most likely thing to happen would be that the asteroid would blow apart into smaller shards. However, I can't see why the asteroid would explode in the first place, because it would be impossible, unless someone placed an explosive in it. Otherwise, just remember it would/go/BOOM!


Answer by  PeterG (25)

An explosion inside an asteriod is triggered by a violent expansion of materials. These forces act on the surround rock and create great outward gases.


Answer by  thorsdecree (409)

Natural explosions within asteroids are extremely rare due to the fact that asteroids are mostly rocky or solid nickel-iron bodies. However, it could fracture a single asteroid into many pieces.


Answer by  inhumandecency (7)

Asteroids are not known to explode from within. Asteroids can cause explosions upon striking the earth, which can cause substantial destruction and climate change due to airborne dust.

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