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Impact Earth

Want to work out a little aggression? Purdue’s Impact: Earth! simulator will let you give the whole planet the celestial zot.

The program is actually a research tool, expanding on a basic tool that scientists already use to explore the results of a meteor strike. The simulator lets you define the diameter and density of your space object, the angle and velocity of impact, and where on the planet it will strike. You can also choose the distance from which you will be observing the impact.

This might also be a good way to build public awareness about the need to keep a lookout for anything large enough to cause real damage.

(via Discoblog)

Posted in Science November 17th, 2010 by Chip
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