April 12, 2004
That's One Big "Kaboom"

Jeff's gets a no-prize rocketing down from the sky for bringing us this celestial impact calculator. Want to know just what would happen if, say, a rock the size of your car were to hit the earth? You'll find out here!

I ran a simulation with a 1 mile across dense object traveling at asteroid speeds hitting at a 35 degree angle on semi-porous rock. The result was a crater 15.3 miles in diameter. This was rather unfortunate for me, as I'd placed my virtual self only 1 km away. But boy, what a view!

Posted by scott at April 12, 2004 11:53 AM

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You missed the best part.
At the bottom of their calculations of the massive destruction caused all around is their copyright notice and disclaimer:

Earth Impact Effects Program
Copyright 2004, Robert Marcus, H.J. Melosh, and G.S. Collins
These results come with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY

Posted by: jamesf on April 13, 2004 12:50 PM

Hee! Didn't even notice it!

Posted by: Scott on April 13, 2004 02:24 PM
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