Nuclear weapons (also known as thermonuclear devices and atomic bombs) are pieces of military ordinance that release energy from a nuclear fission or nuclear fusion chain reaction. Such weapons are orders of magnitude more powerful than more conventional chemical explosives. The first nuclear weapon was detonated on July 16th, 1945, with the first military use of a nuclear weapon occurring on August 6th, 1945.
Nuclear Weapons in Science Fiction
- In the latest incarnation of Battlestar Galactica, both the Cylons and Colonials make heavy use of nuclear weaponry.
- In the Stargate universe, the primary ship-to-ship and orbital bombardment weapons of the Tau'ri are Naquadah-enhanced nuclear weapons.
- In Babylon 5, John Sheridan is rather infamous for his repetitious use of nuclear weapons.