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3,330. When a star a hundred times heavier than our Sun switches off it goes with a bang. While we see the outward explosion as a supernova, this masks the inward implosion. The core is collapsing into the most dangerous object in the universe; the density becomes so great in the centre that Gravity sucks in Time and Space itself. (Black Hole & Star & Supernova & Gravity & Time & Space & Explosion) Universe: Stars
90,280. A normal supernova arises from the explosion of a star ten times more massive than our sun. Incredibly, Supernova 2006 GY as astronomers have dubbed it seems to have signalled the death of a star 150 or even 200 times more massive – and that’s about as massive as a star can get. (Supernova & Star & Explosion & Universe) The Universe s1e10, Life and Death of a Star, 2007
90,282. They are cosmic killers. Spectacular detonations. That for an instant out-shine a whole galaxy. Out of this exceptional cosmic catastrophe comes creation ... Supernovas: the sensational death of stars produce the biggest blasts in the universe. (Supernova & Star & Explosion & Universe) The Universe s2e9: Supernovas, 2008
90,283. A mighty supernova goes off somewhere in the universe every second. (Supernova & Explosion & Universe) ibid.
90,284. Type 1A supernovas release no hydrogen; explosions are uniform in size and luminosity; type 2 supernovas release large amounts of hydrogen; the explosions vary greatly in size and luminosity. (Supernova & Explosion & Universe) ibid.
104,367. The biggest explosion in the known universe: a gamma-ray burst. (Universe & Stars & Explosion & Gamma Ray Burst) The Universe s4e1: Death Stars, 2009
92,333. Enormous asteroid impacts that rain death from the sky. Entire planets colliding and turning worlds into dust. A black hole that has been blowing away the rest of its galaxy for a hundred million years. And massive stars that rock the universe like nothing else. Get ready to be blown away. (Universe & Explosion) The Universe s4e4: Biggest Blasts, 2009
92,334. 10) Death From the Sky: Chixolu Impact
9) Martian Impact: Meteor into Mars
8) The Big Splat: Asteroid the size of Mars slamming into Earth
7) When Worlds Collide
6) Magnetar Flares
5) The 100 Million Year Blast
4) Short Gamma Ray Bursts
2) Long Gamma Ray Bursts
1) The Big Bang: technically an expansion not an explosion. (Universe & Explosion) ibid.
3,577. In 1971 a Nasa satellite snapped ... an explosion in the corona no-one had seen before. The solar particles speed to the Earth ... Coronal Mass Ejections ... Currently the most powerful known explosion in the solar system. (Sun & Explosion) The Universe s5e7: Total Eclipse, 2010
90,285. It is the single most violent event in the present universe. In a few short seconds a supernova produces more energy than the sun will in its lifetime. When astronomers analysed the light of supernovae they saw the signatures of the elements heavier than iron. Supernovae scatter their seeds across the universe. (Supernova & Elements & Explosion) Stephen Hawking's Universe: In the Beginning
90,278. A Type 1A supernova is a twenty billion billion billion megaton thermonuclear carbon bomb. (Supernova & Explosion) Professor Stan Woosley
3,716. Florida, July 1969: the early morning calm is rocked by a massive explosion. The blast as powerful as two hundred tons of TNT heralds the start of one of the greatest endeavours in history. The first mission to the moon. (Moon & Explosion) First on the Moon: The Untold Story
20,825. You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off! (GBH Films & Cars & Explosion & Bomb) The Italian Job 1969 starring Michael Caine & Noel Coward & Benny Hill & Tony Beckley & Raf Vallone & Rossano Brazzi & Maggie Blye & Irene Handl & John le Mesurier & Fred Emney et al, director Peter Collinson
22,565. We’ll blow something up. It’s more fun. (GBH Films & Explosion) Face/Off 1997 starring John Travolta & Nicolas Cage & Joan Allen & Alessandro Nivola & Gina Gershon & Dominique Swaine & Nick Cassavetes & Harve Presnell & Colm Feore et al, director John Woo, Cage to Travolta
71,928. In the nineteenth century engineers struggled to keep up with the demand to build roads, railways and canals. There was only one alternative to a man with a pickaxe and that was to use explosives. Ronald Top, Industrial Revelations: The European Story: Big Bang
71,929. The Italian Chemist Ascanio Sobrero had created a monster. The problem with nitroglycerine is it’s very unstable, extremely dangerous. You can never tell when it’s going to go boom! Nitroglycerine was the most destructive explosive that had ever been found ... Alfred Nobel however was determined to tame it. ibid.
71,930. After several accidents the Californian government actually banned Nobel’s blasting oil because it was so unstable. Alfred Nobel wasn’t having the best of luck in Europe either. Despite all of his attempts to make things as safe as possible his Swedish factory blew up. His explosives empire was booming. He had built a German factory near Hamburg. Unfortunately, when this was also destroyed in a violent explosion he decided to continue his research out of harm’s way ... Would Nobel live long enough to succeed? ibid.
87,891. 19 people were killed and 94 injured in an explosion at the nearby Petrofex Refinery. (Secrecy & Explosion) Secret State s1e1 starring Gabriel Byrne & Charles Dance & Rupert Graves et al, radio report, Channel 4 2012
95,472. But at 1.28 p.m. on that March 12th, a new and most sinister element joined the merry pandemonium: the roar of half a ton of the world’s most powerful explosive. RDX, ripping up from the underground garage of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), and into the pit where traders were just preparing for the lunch bell. (India & Terrorism & Bomb & Explosion & Stocks) Misha Glenny, McMafia
95,473. Over the next two hours, a further seven bombs went off at crowded locations throughout the city, while grenades were thrown in another two places by men on motorcycles. (India & Terrorism & Bomb & Explosion) ibid.
96,212. On the day of the explosion
Shadows pointed towards the pithead:
In the sun the slagheap slept ... Philip Larkin, The Explosion
97,241. The press have dubbed him the Fizzle bomber. We stopped him this time, but this was only a small attack. This is his grand plan: March 1975 – he keeps changing the day – the explosion will level ten blocks of New York and leave over eleven thousand dead. (Science Fiction & GBH Films & Bomb & Explosion & Time Travel) Predestination 2014 starring Ethan Hawke & Sarah Snook & Monique Heath & Olivia Sprague & Noah Taylor & Madeleine West & Christopher Kirby & Freya Stafford & Jim Knobeloch & Christopher Stollery & Tyler Coppin & Rob Jenkins et al, directors Michael & Peter Spierig
97,242. Jane, I work for a new organisation seeking young women like yourself to train on a career in the civil service. We’re what you might call progressive. (Science Fiction & GBH Films & Civil Service & Organisation & Intelligence Service & Time Travel) ibid. recruiter
97,243. It’s re-shaping wrong-doings … Finding people who are special … For people with exception abilities … You see the work we do is complicated. (Science Fiction & GBH Films & Civil Service & Organisation & Intelligence Service & Time Travel) ibid.
40,286. This new ball literally explodes off the players foot. (Football & Explosion) Jamie Redknapp
98,332. I take payments from the Russian embassy. I suppose I’m a spy. They wanted an explosion. And if I didn’t give it to them … (Spy & Bomb & Explosion) The Secret Agent III, him to her, opening scene