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Design your own doomsday with Impact Earth

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Ever wonder what kind of damage an iron asteroid the size of a humpback whale would do to good, old planet Earth?

Well, forget speculation and get the scientific lowdown with Impact Earth, an asteroid impact simulator designed by Gareth Collins, HJ Melosh, and Robert Marcus at Purdue University.

Once you enter the parameters of your asteroid hit and how far away one is from the impact area, the site calculates a whole array of fun facts such as energy output, global damage, tsunamis and craters, to name just a few.

Incidentally, if that whale-shaped iron asteroid hits water, we don’t have much to worry about. Phew!

Full story at Impact Earth @ Purdue via Boing Boing.

Fun with science.

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