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The luminous sphere of hot gases that forms a few millionths of a second after a nuclear explosion. It is the result of the absorption by the surrounding medium of the thermal X-rays emitted by the extremely hot (several tens of million degrees) weapon residues. The exterior of the fireball in air is initially sharply defined by the luminous shock front and later by the limits of the hot gases themselves.

Effects of a Nuclear Weapon: FireballOpen link in new window | (
Effects of Nuclear Weapons: The FireballOpen link in new window | (

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Nuclear Weapon Effects
Thermal Effects
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