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REAL SCIENCE: A Pain In The Asteroid

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While we were all so busy watching the anticipated approach of asteroid 2012 DA 14, a chunk of space rock the size of a bus slipped in under the radar and broke up in a spectacular fireball over the Ural Mountains, scaring the daylights out of hundreds of unsuspecting Russians.

 

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So how big of a crater would that make, anyway?

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Ever wonder exactly how much damage an object striking the earth from space would do? This amazingly sweet calculator lets you work it out! http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/impacteffects/ Angle of impact, speed, size of the body hitting earth, mass, and it gives you just multi-orgasmic levels of specific information as to the destruction and mayhem that would ensue. It’s very very cool.

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