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Time lapse of every nuclear explosion ever undertaken.

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Time lapse of every nuclear explosion ever undertaken.

Old 15th Nov 2013, 16:26
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Scary. I spent many years atop Blue Steel and WE177 flying the tin triangle.

Didn't realise that there were so many tests by so many countries.

Lets hope that there are no more...
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Old 15th Nov 2013, 16:30
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That was what I was talking about before re Nevada.
Although I had forgotten their were so many.
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Old 15th Nov 2013, 17:18
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Whenever I go to Nevada, I only get bombed in Las Vegas. Good thing I wasn't around for all them nukes, I might not be here.
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Old 15th Nov 2013, 17:22
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For those who want to see the craters on Google Maps. Search for Yucca Flat airport and zoom in, the craters are on the north east side of the airport and they run north for quite some distance.
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Old 15th Nov 2013, 22:53
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Tha Russian way up north I think was the Tsar Bomba, the biggest one ever.
Biggest four ever done were in that area in 1961. Biggest US one was Castle Bravo at Bikini in 1954 at 15Mt and that one was the fifth biggest. The histroy of most of them can be found at

The Nuclear Weapon Archive - A Guide to Nuclear Weapons

With photos and some video.
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Old 16th Nov 2013, 01:51
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The scary part of the nuclear test programs was the U.S. and USSR high altitude nuclear test explosions, in what was virtually, Space.
Numerous nuclear test explosions were carried out at altitudes of 150 to 540kms.
The Kármán line, at 100kms out, is generally regarded as the height where Space officially starts.

High-altitude nuclear explosion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Fortunately, to some degree, the U.S. and France have been leading the way from the mid-1990's, and have built very large inertial confinement fusion facilities.
These facilities enable the detailed study of the ignition process of thermonuclear explosions.
With these technologies it is possible to conceive and test new weapons in the laboratory, without large scale explosions being needed.

But - even though the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty has tried to prevent all nuclear tests - and failed - there is nothing to stop the development of even bigger and better nuclear weapons, without any actual test explosions.

The Doomsday Clock is still at 5 minutes to midnight, even though it has retreated a little from the 2 minutes to midnight, reached at the height of the Cold War.
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Old 16th Nov 2013, 19:31
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Crikey, just watch that western American seaboard light up!
I've seen less flashes in a photographic stroboscopic studio.
I'm sure it's done the San Andreas fault line a power of good....
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Old 16th Nov 2013, 20:14
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Originally Posted by rjtjrt View Post
Tha Russian way up north I think was the Tsar Bomba, the biggest one ever.

Tsar Bomba - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I was in initial training then and remember being outside one dark night and looking to the north in the vague hope (dread) that we might see something.
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Old 16th Nov 2013, 20:46
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It somehow shows the "unexplained" legacy of increasing numbers of cancer cases in a different light.
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Old 18th Nov 2013, 01:27
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2000+ sounds like an awful lot...I wonder how many of them are nuclear trigger tests without the aid of the surrounding uranium/plutonium casing?
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Old 18th Nov 2013, 16:35
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Europeans can't as they were very careful not to bomb themselves - they
carefully made sure they only let them off somewhere where others lived.
Sounds eminently sensible to me.
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