Is it possible for something to explode in space like in the movies?
All chemical explosives that work on Earth will work in space. Here's why. Chemical explosives are just things that burn, but burn very fast. In fact, they have to burn so fast that they cannot rely on the air to get their supply of oxygen. This means that they have to supply their own oxidizing agent, so that they can burn fast enough to be an explosion. For gunpowder this oxidizing agent is saltpetre, for example. Because explosives have their own oxidizing agent built in they will explode even in the absence of air - for instance under water or in deep space. There also won't be any *bang*. As there is vacuum in space, sound can't travel in space. Other Contributors said: * I suppose the question is really asking can there be explosions in space resembling those in the movies. For the most part, no. Let's take visual resemblance. In movie explosions, the expanding hot gas and smoke interact with the atmosphere, briefly producing roiling cloud-like shapes. In space there is practically no atmosphere, so explosion products would simply radiate straight out - an effect that I've never seen in a movie. (A good cinematographer will film a 'space explosion' from above, so we don't notice the debris falling in Earth's gravity.)
* Auditory resemblance is also an issue. Most movies play an explosive sound. But in space there is no gas to transmit sound from the explosion to the observer, so it would appear to be silent. * I've seen several movie explosions generate a ring-shaped shock wave, as if they occurred on a liquid surface. Of course this would not happen with an exploding spaceship (but on a much larger scale, exploding stars can create rings because of their magnetic fields). So, while explosions of spaceships or weapons in space are certainly possible, movies don't seem to simulate them properly.
== == * Yes, provided there is an oxygen source. A spaceship with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen will blow up quite well in the vacuum of space. Chemical explosives will also explode in space since they function by breaking weakly bonded chemical components; no oxygen is necessary. Nuclear explosions can of course occur in space, too. The United States military in the 60's performed a series of nuke tests in outer space, and found out what EMP can do, when they briefly wiped out Hawaii's electrical grid for a few hours. * The above is all accurate, however an explosion would have no sound (or what sound did occur from material from the explosion hitting your ship would sound different and come later) and a nuclear explosion would essentially be a "light-bomb" and not have the violence of a nuclear bomb going off in the atmosphere which is caused by the violent propulsion of matter outward by radiation. A sufficiently armored ship or station, shuttle, pod etc should be able to withstand a close nuclear explosion.
* If we follow the fact that space is a vacuum any explosion in space would give off some form of light and a varied E.M. pulse. There would be no sound because the atmosphere isn't conducive to it i.e. there is no oxygen for sound waves to travel through, or vibrate off of, and with no oxygen to feed fires they would die out immediately. * basically, no. You need oxygen to produce fires and explosions. that's why star wars is a lot of crap, you cant hear anything in space either, space pretty much shows how important oxygen is, and why we shouldn't be polluting it * Things can explode if there is energy to support the explosion inside the vacuum. Fire cant happen though. Oxygen is needed. But for movies sake, how are you gonna feel about something just shattering without anything visual.
If that "something" you are reffering to is matter, then no, this will not be possible. It is against the very fundamentals of physics... Matter is something which has mass AND occupies space. If this were the case, that something would have mass and not occupy space.. its density would be round about infinity. A black hole is the closest to what you might be wanting to hear. It has a mass, and has a…
well it depends on the star. not all stars explode. small to medium sized stars just go into a planetary nebula after they swell up to a red giant then the bigger stars do explode, they have a super nova after the swell up into a super giant. but dont worry i star will not explode... its a really small star. --- nichole brooks :)
Mars it not suitable for dragon's because dragons first of all will get sucked up into space because space is like a vacuum and the dragon would basically just explode by expanding so much. And to include dragons don't have space suits like us humans do and that is why we don't explode when we go to space.
You will loose oxygen then explode Actually, you won't explode. Within a few seconds the change in pressure will cause the gasses in your blood to boil and form bubbles in your bloodstream and lungs. It then becomes a matter of whether you die from that or from flash freezing at the low temperatures in space.
An oil filled electric space heater produces a more "even" heating without the hotspots that standard electric space heaters can produce. Also it is not possible for something poked into the oil filled electric space heater to touch the electrical heating element wires as is possible in standard electric space heaters (which would shock you).
Your body will explode yes, but not totally. and no you will not live to see another day, sorry.. =/ Exploding is a myth perpetuated by movies. According to NASA, you would simply lose consciousness in a few seconds and die from lack of oxygen within a few minutes. There would be additional injuries to your lungs (similar to getting the bends when ascending too quickly from deep water), some damage to your ear drums…