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How Would We Stop a Nuclear Missile?

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Most of us are hoping that any nuclear threats are just empty threats, and getting at the facts about ICBMs can be difficult. But what would actually happen if someone launched a nuclear weapon? We're conducting a survey of our viewers! If you have time, please give us feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SciShowSurvey2017 Hosted by: Michael Aranda ---------- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters: Kevin Bealer, Mark Terrio-Cameron, KatieMarie Magnone, Inerri, D.A. Noe, Charles Southerland, Fatima Iqbal, سلطان الخليفي, Nicholas Smith, Tim Curwick, Scott Satovsky Jr, Philippe von Bergen, Bella Nash, Chris Peters, Patrick D. Ashmore, Piya Shedden, Charles George ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow ---------- Sources: http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/14/pentagon-us-ready-to-blast-north-koreas-new-missile-out-of-the-sky/ https://fas.org/nuke/intro/missile/icbm.htm http://www.businessinsider.com/north-korean-nuclear-strike-united-states-arrival-times-2017-8 http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-bomb7.htm http://science.howstuffworks.com/missile-defense1.htm https://www.space.com/19601-how-intercontinental-ballistic-missiles-work-infographic.html http://science.howstuffworks.com/difference-ballistic-cruise-missile.htm https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-spy-planes-watching-possible-north-korea-nuke-test-n749111 https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/07/how-us-satellites-pinpointed-source-of-missile-that-shot-down-airliner/ http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/205_217259.html http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/14/politics/us-north-korea-aegis-ballistic-missile-defense/index.html https://www3.epa.gov/radtown/fallout-nuclear-weapons-testing.html http://spacenews.com/la%E2%80%82pleading-missile-warning-satellites-track-wildfires/ http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/what-would-happen-if-north-korea-fired-nuclear-weapon-20205 https://www.quora.com/How-many-steps-are-required-to-arm-and-trigger-an-aircraft-fired-missile-and-what-safeguards-are-there-to-prevent-accidents https://www.quora.com/What-would-happen-if-a-plane-carrying-a-nuclear-bomb-would-crash-e-g-by-being-shot-down-but-without-the-rocket-hitting-the-actual-bomb-Would-the-bomb-explode-by-the-force-of-the-collision http://www.businessinsider.com/nuclear-bomb-accident-goldsboro-nc-swamp-2017-5 http://www.nytimes.com/1981/05/26/us/us-discloses-accidents-involving-nuclear-weapons.html http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/can-we-stop-a-nuke-16988105/ https://www.mda.mil/system/gmd.html https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/north-korea-nuclear-missiles/512240/ https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1988/04/the-rush-to-deploy-sdi/308326/ http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/could-lasers-be-future-anti-missile-weapons http://breakingdefense.com/2014/05/the-limits-of-lasers-missile-defense-at-speed-of-light/ http://breakingdefense.com/2015/08/return-of-the-abl-missile-defense-agency-works-on-laser-drone/ Images: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dauntless_bomb_drop.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Trident_II_missile_image.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tomahawk_Block_IV_cruise_missile.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Goldsboro_Mk_39_Bomb_1-close-up.jpeg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%E3%81%9D%E3%81%86%E3%82%8A%E3%82%85%E3%81%86%E5%9E%8B%E6%BD%9C%E6%B0%B4%E8%89%A6.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:YAL-1A_Airborne_Laser_unstowed_crop.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Military_laser_experiment.jpg
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Text Comments (1658)
moist faucet (6 hours ago)
stop it with love.......
Sheng Lin Noel Huang (4 days ago)
couldn't you just put a simple coating to reflect/deflect the lazers energy. That would cost almost nothing compared to the billions, trillions it costs to make a laser defence system.
Angela Smith-Minor (6 days ago)
425 loyal NK citizen’s disliked this video. (Or Kim John un had his Generals and staff dislike it)
Dimi Savage (9 days ago)
listen me carefully,when the missile comes from up to down ,before reaching 1km we launch a rocket just in direction of a bomb ,to catch him and put that far away up as we can and done.fb valdrin demiri
What about redirecting
Thiago Jefferson (13 days ago)
By redirecting it to the wormhole.
roblox master (14 days ago)
Well shoot a another nuclear missle in to it.
Ion Josan (21 days ago)
Build a giant Trophy System.
Thatcher Eiseman (22 days ago)
That thumbnail is a tomahawk cruise missile
Taylor Carlson (28 days ago)
Nukes dropped from planes Shows picture of Douglas SBD Dauntless Into the trash it goes
Hayden Hatcher (1 month ago)
The US Military is said to be 30 years move advanced than the normal world
Jason Chan (1 month ago)
"To jaw to jaw is always better than war to war"- winston churchill
Cookie Bite (1 month ago)
Mental_dexterity (1 month ago)
R&d in Electromagnetic pulsar deterrents, with a focus of preventing the binding of heavy and light nuclei using emp technology that would infact neutralise or activate positrons cancelling out the binding fission chains at the point of detonation greatly reducing yield in even the most advanced hydrogen bombs. Problem solved.
h9 g6 93 (1 month ago)
All these plans, and strategies to overcome a nuclear strike...rly amazing but why would you risk striking in the first place? I just don't get, it's not like any other weapon we've had so far, this is something that even if it does end up destroying the target, collateral damage could weaken and destroy the launcher itself too
Kerlem (1 month ago)
"It's OK, Manhattan broke my fall."
DamienH25 (1 month ago)
Who else in kindergarten to gr2 heard that nuclear missiles could destroy half the planet. After that time I went into research and then I realized that is not possible
EWXU (1 month ago)
The Iron Dome would’ve been a good example to talk about
SkypredatorGaming (1 month ago)
Have you people heard about the speed of these missiles when come down to its target from 5-7km/s yes per second, there is nowhere in the world such a defense system to stop such a speeding bomb, and one more thing, the Russian ICBMs have a dozen fake dummies in it, fake missile distractions that make even 1000% harder to predict or to know which ones are the real Nuclear warheads. You got me laughing with "US has Infrared Satellites blah blah" please man there is no stopping of such a thing as the Russian Satan 2 the Sarmat. The government will make you just believe that some shield exists to protect you, but in reality, they don't have nothing. What the THAAD that's a deadly weapon.Just pray no one lunches one to another one.
The Morning Star (1 month ago)
A Tomahawk isn't an ICBM.
Prince Vegeta (2 months ago)
Im going to canada if ww3 starts
SirBigECheese YT (1 month ago)
Adrian Da Pro Canada would take part in it, they're a US Ally.
King Duudel (2 months ago)
This is the main way to stop an icbm. There is also a secondary way. The United States military has small arrays of laser, yes lasers, set around the contiguous United States. They use X-ray like tech to find where the nuclear warhead is located and target the activation system. The lasers are also used on military planes, for example, a c-130, to distract targeting systems in smaller missiles.
Nate Z (2 months ago)
The minute nuclear weapons are deemed useless, is the minute ww3 begins.
Spartacus XLVI (2 months ago)
Unfortunately we only hit the missile target 60-65% of the time. Not very reassuring.
SirBigECheese YT (1 month ago)
Spartacus XLVI But there's only a 40% of it missing.
STC (2 months ago)
Does ICBM means "I Cee Blastic Missile"?
Avgeek Spotting (2 months ago)
Uh oh, they are on to us
Richard Santiago (2 months ago)
In other words, you can’t stop an ‘all-out’ nuclear strike; the only sensible nuclear attack strategy that would take place.
How To Boss (2 months ago)
Fly it through a space portal, easy as that
loafers (2 months ago)
Tell it to turn around
Cascadian Rangers (2 months ago)
Unlikely missle strike would result in nuclear explosion, and if there were, depending on altitude, strictly speaking there might not be any fallout even if there was
Terran (2 months ago)
Have you heard of star wars? the sattillite.
Crazy Jakey (2 months ago)
call Iron Man
Jim Sia (2 months ago)
not realistic
King Nevermore (2 months ago)
Good luck intercepting Russian Sarmat (Satan 2) missile lmao.
Zane Shute (2 months ago)
"Not that difficult," sure, but even for a solitary missile, the track record is hit-or-miss. And then, yes, as you say, throw in a salvo of missiles, and it's a whole 'nother story.
King Nevermore (2 months ago)
Zane Shute Its not that difficult actually, but the problem is if there are multiple missiles in the air flying different trajectories.
Zane Shute (2 months ago)
Good luck intercepting any missile, for that matter.
Al Capwn (2 months ago)
So say North Korea launches a missile at the US, the US has many allies with nukes themselves bound by treaty to launch in kind. The US can probably shoot down a couple dozen missiles while jamming 8,000 nukes down Kim's throat. Not even counting the US missiles, North Korea would be wiped out in an hour. Well done, you shot a bear with a .22
Just Me (2 months ago)
Cute & smart call me maybe 😜😘
Waffle Wambo (2 months ago)
Wanna destroy a large part of land with about 25 million? USE ANTIMATTER it’s contained in a thing and if it not in it it will explode and make a giant explosion basically bring a gram of antimatter and throw it on the middle of North Korea boom half of it dead.
SirBigECheese YT (1 month ago)
Waffle Wambo Anti-matter isn't worth taking into account, it's insanely expensive.
Nihal s (3 months ago)
No one is stupid as USA....only USA has used nuclear weapon It's time for USA to go down
the duderino (3 months ago)
i doubt thadd works, i highly doubt patriot will work, and i highly highly highly doubt aegis will work
sQDawn (3 months ago)
When a missile gets lauched US be like f this sh!t im out (alien style(
Xushi (3 months ago)
we do we have to hit the nuke directly with a missle? why cant the missle we fire at the nuke blow up befire contact, causing the nuke to be destroyed by the blast radius? woulnt that be much easier than trying to precisely hit a nuke head on???
Zane Shute (2 months ago)
That's what the Russians do. Nuclear interceptors.
Aslan Bayramuqlany (3 months ago)
Why not install lasers or missiles on satellites, so that the nukes can be intercepted while they are at lowest speed and most vulnerable? Both lasers and missiles should work better in the outer space.
Voyager221 (3 months ago)
if a nuke is coming just catch it haha
Bruhidek (3 months ago)
Aye i found Danny Dias 😂😂
The OfflineGamer YT (3 months ago)
THAAD is one Icbm or missle defense
JakeHerstad (3 months ago)
Why use nuclear weapons when you can use rods of god
JakeHerstad (3 months ago)
Google it.
Hugo Winkler (3 months ago)
Did he say the bomb that accidentially fell in north Carolina was 50 meters beneath the farm? Either it's a veeeery long missile or they're not used to the metric system yet. Great video though!!
Dooyong Park (3 months ago)
Sometime economic or trade sanction is powerful than nuke. if someone really used nuke, turning everybody an enemy.
Vijaya Pudasaini (3 months ago)
War scenario:Russia fires 1000 nuclear missiles at once towards US.US tries to intercept all and Releases 1000 missiles towards Russia.Both dead.
Jackolope Cuber (4 months ago)
You could get Chuck Norris to stare at it...
Hugedickerino Kripperino (4 months ago)
He forgot to shave his under chin loool
Thugzilla (4 months ago)
Did you just say laser drones? We really ARE reaching star wars standards of military forces
Hanif Timmons (4 months ago)
It landed in Mars Bluff south Carolina on the out skirts of Florence.
Oxi Clean (4 months ago)
We could use imagination and amagin that we are super heroes and destroy it
Alastair Carnegie (4 months ago)
Why bother with a silly missile? anywhere in London or New York (both important Military Targets) will do. ...!!!! ...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKx9lEa1jdQ
Dan Jones (4 months ago)
If Russia for example wanted to nuke Washington they could drop a bomb out of a "commercial airliner" ? No one would see it coming until it's too late ?
Viet Vu (4 months ago)
Easy, we call Tom Cruise to stop it.
Sumitha Panicker (4 months ago)
I love nuclear missiles!
Bloo Jayy (4 months ago)
If you hear a nuclear missile is coming for your area, put your head between your knees and kiss your ass goodbye.
Rowan Streeter (4 months ago)
Scared of ICBMs? Have a look at Hypersonic Glide Vehicles! You'll never sleep again!
Angelus Marcarita (4 months ago)
There is no way to stop a nuclear explosion, contaminated nuclear clouds arise, and travel around the world with the wind, more later end, in your house.
Joseph Stalin (4 months ago)
Get Jáger’s ADS
Guillaume Alloxrinfo (4 months ago)
sadly, those pretending to make sur that it never hits another city are the ones that hit one in Japan.
Kalash Asati (4 months ago)
OH!! Mannn I so want a Hollywood Movie on this directed by Michael Bay!!
Zom Bee Nature (4 months ago)
I have the old "Duck and Cover" on my channel from the 1950s, if anyone wants to watch it.
Animalacker (4 months ago)
Lasers man. Wow. Hey who’s hungry
Justo Saavedra (4 months ago)
Ethan Light (4 months ago)
Nukes are small enough to literally fit in a briefcase, so it wouldn’t be too hard to get one into the enemy’s country and explode it
VoltZ (4 months ago)
Well it was america who introduced it anyways...
Neal Cheung (4 months ago)
What about force fields?🤔
outbacktrek (4 months ago)
grndragon7777777 (4 months ago)
Remember star wars?
Imran Ali (4 months ago)
pak army is best
Pranav Limaye (4 months ago)
So, the end.... ....isn't nigh?
Jason Swearingen (4 months ago)
What about using mass spectrometry from space?
CommanderVillain (4 months ago)
Missile Control!
RubsNL (5 months ago)
The only 100% safe missile defence is abstinence
Video Kings2 (5 months ago)
you'd have to hit the missile before re-entry too otherwise there is no way of stopping MIRV payloads
Ace of Spades (5 months ago)
Great now I’m on a watchlist
Sanchit Dixit (5 months ago)
Russia says, Your Laser are manufactured by us, You can't hit your Daddy.
Kirby sees all (5 months ago)
Why not just use rail or coil guns? The projectile would punch straight through the missile, which would destroy it. Or just knock it off course.
Yo Things (5 months ago)
Yes, you never need them *drops MOAB in Afghanistan*
KnightShadowsong (5 months ago)
This, This is why I say ALL nukes. World wide should be destroyed. the fact that we even have to talk about this just makes me sick.
Michael Weiske (5 months ago)
Whenever I asked my dad this question, he would always tell to follow these simple steps: 1) Stop 2) Bend over 3) Kiss your ass goodbye
MrDunkFIN (5 months ago)
Why is there cruise missle in video picture instead icbm?:D
Game Flame (5 months ago)
A Tomahawk missile is not nuclear
Fauzul Azim (5 months ago)
Next we will create Higgs Boson Bomb that will change the lowest possible energy state of matter when it explodes, and the result is we can wipe *EVERYTHING* in our Galaxy Cluster! Beware Andromedan, u don't know how dangerous human is... so come and kill us before it happens :D
Pierre Villemaire-Brooks (5 months ago)
i totally agree , thank you and DFTBA :-)
Younes Layachi (5 months ago)
Pour USA working so hard to make sure no nuclear weapons get used against them or other countries
Donnie Twump (5 months ago)
short answer nope
Ape X (5 months ago)
Secrets! 😏
feelsbad (5 months ago)
getting rid of north korea before they launch them.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Dosun (5 months ago)
Why are you wearing a jacket? are you filming outside?
dj Jordan (6 months ago)
I enjoy your channel. Keep up the good work.
xXxPanicXx (6 months ago)
what happens if you never brush your teeth
The Duke (6 months ago)
Anti missile laser systems are already installed on Navy Capital ships
Mumflr Fumperdink (6 months ago)
it wouldnt blow up anyway, because the plutonium has to smash together
necromancer (6 months ago)
Humans are destroying my "planet" , I will make them pay for their doings, it's only matter of approval !!!
Fox D (6 months ago)
Consider the following (to steal a line from Bill Nye): A country attacks the US with nukes. Could be North Korea, Russia, China, some rogue former Soviet state, whoever. Our missile defense works. By the grace of the gods and the overwhelming power of the human mind to solve a problem, not a single US city is destroyed. Theirs? Not so much, and every man, woman, and child living in their urban centers is dead, maimed, or at the very least living in a shattered waste of a collapsed society. And let's say for the sake of argument that the fallout isn't TOO bad. Few extra cases of cancer, some babies born with defects, it ain't paradise, but universal agreement that it could've been a lot worse. Now imagine the social, economic, and political effects. Demagogues play the blame game. Left-wing dissidents are rounded up and put in camps for their "lack of patriotism", as the military, taking credit for saving everyone, sets up a junta without too much public opposition. Neighbors turn against each other. Chinese-Americans (or Russians, or Koreans, or just anyone who doesn't look like a Norman Rockwell painting) are Holocausted out of existence in the hysteria. Oh, and of course the economy collapses completely. Widespread food shortages as fallout affects crop yields, all those EMPs wipe out the digital economy, everything goes pretty much to, at best, early Industrial Age tech. We might be better off if the nukes went off. The fallout of the radioactive kind wouldn't even be the worst fallout from such an event.
Will Forest (6 months ago)
we sholdnt create anti nukes, it would just create an arms race that could lead to a neuclear war, mutual assured destruction assures peace between neuclear powers

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