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Heat map of every recorded meteor strike

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  • Hahahhaha I guess it wasn't the US…

  • And these are just the 'recorded' strikes. I wonder how this map would look if all the ocean strikes could have been recorded.

  • Looks like Canada is safer…

    • Martin Golder

      The huge meteor in north Quebec, Canada at Manicouagan doesn’t seem to be on here.

  • I'm packing my bags and off to Greenland soon!

  • We have enough people to move to one of the cool zones and start a commune…Guy, you're driving…

  • wow.

  • Let the space-race begin!

  • As long as we can 3d print some hamburgers, I'm down for checking out another planet

  • This is reported so population bias is heavy in this map. I would say the majority actually land in the ocean, since the planet is 70% water. Notice how they are also close to populations centers & countries. None reported in Antarctica, the Amazon or Siberia even though there were likely many there as well.

  • Looks like land = magnet scary!

  • this only tales me I do not worry when it happens next time.

  • Obligatory: http://xkcd.com/1138/

  • I am pretty sure there has been more meteors than this that haven't been recorded in the past 4 decades.

  • It never ceases to amaze me all the "it can be done" 'isms when considering asteroid mining.  "They're moving too fast" or "it's too expensive to extract" or "they're too far away" etc. and so on.  I seem to recall similar statements made from our history: "If God intended for man to fly, He would have given us wings"

  • I was reading a Q&A with +Chris Hadfield  yesterday and he mentioned he watches meteors heading to earth daily. Most burn up in the atmosphere. 
    Most.

  • All the meteor strikes in the US are because of global warming, high fructose corn syrup and Jane Fonda.

  • Not just population biased, but population rich/educated enough to have the time and knowledge to report them.  That's what I'm guessing, anyway.  I think amateur astronomers do this in the US.

  • If an asteroid falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? Sorry, that was too easy

  • Meteors hate people. Look in the deserted areas like the Sahara desert or Brazilian rain forests there's nothing. Much like the oceans. Clearly space is specifically targeting people with these things!

  • But how would they know for sure?

  • +David Olsen Are you sure that's not because there's nobody living there to report the strike?

  • Oh yes, pretty amazing that meteors are recorded often striking places where the most people are living by. Hmmm…thinking that "recorded" is the key word here.

  • and they  never seem to hit the oceans either!   :P

  • The most strikes are on the evil nations, look at Canada hardly any, the US on the other hand, more than any other nation

  • I think they are trying to hit the Republicans but doing a lousy job

  • someone has to take the blame right… LOL

  • Notice how the map correlates to populations. The more densly populated the area, the more meteor strikes are noticed or meteors found. What about the oceans? Don't meteors fall in the ocean?

  • +Don Grgic There are rarely human witnesses for ocean strikes.

  • +Don Grgic There are rarely human witnesses for ocean strikes.

  • True but we should have some type of way to monitor that activity with all the technology we have..

  • True but we should have some type of way to monitor that activity with all the technology we have..

  • I was just reading a great article about how much people are getting to find these gems. 

    Russians Wade Into the Snow to Seek Treasure From the Sky
    http://goo.gl/FBgcK

  • I was just reading a great article about how much people are getting to find these gems. 

    Russians Wade Into the Snow to Seek Treasure From the Sky
    http://goo.gl/FBgcK

  • +William Rock Yup, but not 4300 years ago.

  • +William Rock Yup, but not 4300 years ago.

  • +Jim Douglas Very True… But it would be cool to see at least the last few years data.

  • +Jim Douglas Very True… But it would be cool to see at least the last few years data.

  • +Wyatt Strang The NRA would say that the frequency of strikes on the US is another reason for carrying a concealed weapon in case you have to shoot an alien…

  • This looks like a population density map…

  • Damn Space Aliens…throwing rocks at us!!

  • lol no it was not u.s. hehe

  • +Jim Douglas I'm just saying that the map is not a true representation of global meteor strikes.

  • +Don Grgic Right, it's a map of strikes that we know about.

  • "we know about" is such a huge bias that it's nothing to do with meteors. It's a map of human population density.

  • world

  • amazing…i need hard work and ingenuity

  • nice world

  • Wow

  • Our planet was pummelled

  • I guess the military is already investigating the possibilities of using space junk as weapons.

  • Well, meteorites are stones that drop from the sky. That means that their distribution over the world is uniform. So automatically this would turn into a population density map, with a bias towards developed countries because people there have more time and means to report these strikes.
    So it's rather a useless map…

  • kinda shows who is paying attension

  • Imagine if oceans' impacts could be shown as well.  That's allot of mass daily.

  • Beautiful, but useless…

  • THE METEOR DIDNT HIT RUSSIA, RUSSIA HIT THE METEOR

  • Agreed, Russia picked a fight with the meteor.

  • i find it interesting that the meteors are inexorably drawn to land

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