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October 30, 2019

On this day…

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 9:12 pm
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on October 30th, 1965, the largest man-made explosion in history occurred when the Soviet Union detonated the Tsar Bomba, a Hydrogen bomb that yielded between 50 and 58 megatons. (sources differ)  The explosion was so powerful, the shockwave travelled through the earth and bounced back twice.

Even though it was an air burst, it left a huge crater.

For comparison, the largest US nuclear test explosion was the Ivy Mike test, which yielded 10.4 megatons. (that explosion was over twice as large as it was meant to be, due to a miscalculation by the scientists involved, and if the words miscalculation and nuclear together don’t scare you, you haven’t been paying attention.)

If you want to compare how big the Tsar Bomba explosion was compared to Fat Man and Little Boy, you can nuke any place on Earth (virtually, of course) using the website Nukemap.  They have the Tsar Bomba as a pre-programed choice.

Actually, there is a kit of the Tsar Bomba.  I am in the process of adding it to my nuke collection.
















Amodel Tsar Bomba with a Brengun MXY-7 Ohka for scale.  Clearly the Russians weren’t worried about making it compact.









A USAF RC-135 nuke sniffer was flying off the coast when the Tsar Bomba was dropped.  This is a photo they took of the mushroom cloud.




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