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Iowa Mathematics Professor Once Suggested We Blow Up The Moon

The idea came about because he thought it would solve many of the planet’s problems.

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For as long as we can remember, the Moon has been an important space rock for the planet. However, have you ever thought about what it would be like if we didn’t have it?

For one, werewolves wouldn’t have anything to howl at, but let’s talk about that at another time.

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In the year 1991, Alexander Abian, who is a mathematics professor at Iowa State University, suggested the “Moonless Earth Theory“. This theory suggested that taking out our lunar neighbor could provide a “range of advantages that would benefit our lives here on Earth.”

So, the main idea was that it would eliminate the planet’s wobble and its seasons, meaning that we’d have consistent weather — no more extreme winds, blizzards, droughts, and other disastrous outcomes.

Full Moon (201507310004HQ)
Full Moon (201507310004HQ) by NASA HQ PHOTO is licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

To achieve such a feat, he suggested drilling a hole in the lunar surface and planting a nuclear device deep down in the Moon’s interior.

Hey, wasn’t there a movie about that featuring Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis?

The idea obviously didn’t happen (as far as we know) for a few reasons. For example, it’d create a large amount of damage to the world’s climate and wildlife. Additionally, destroying the Moon would likely send huge amounts of lunar debris raining down upon us and could even destabilize Earth’s orbit around the Sun.

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Matt Sterner

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