AN INTERACTIVE map has been released showing exactly what would happen if different types of asteroids hit any point on the Earth’s surface.
The Asteroid Launcher browser app visualizes our worst apocalyptic nightmares with chilling statistics – you wouldn’t want to know how many people would die if a space rock hit Central Park.
Designed by creative programmer Neal Agarwal, asteroid launcher found its home on the neal.fun website, which offers several entertaining applications.
While genuinely fun, this latest addition can get pretty dark pretty quickly as it reveals the gruesome aftermath of a potential asteroid impact.
In fact, if a 1,500-foot diameter iron asteroid hit Central Park in New York City, around 900,000 people would vaporize instantly.
But the destruction doesn’t stop there.
According to the app, the asteroid would create a crater almost 2,000 feet deep and 6 miles wide.
The explosion is equivalent to 12 gigatonnes of TNT, and it would release more energy than a hurricane releases in a day.
Don’t worry, if you’re not neutralized on impact, you’re likely to be caught in the massive fireball that erupts afterwards.
The fireball would be over nine miles wide and would kill an estimated 5.6 million people.
A huge 241 decibel shockwave would also kill over 5 million, with tons of bystanders likely suffering lung damage and ruptured eardrums.
Agarwal built the application using Apple Maps, Vice reported.
What makes the Asteroid Launcher even more entertaining are the different animations that pop up as you scroll through the stats.
The creative programmer designed unique illustrations for the crater, fireball and blast – all of which you will see as you read about the devastation of your unique space rock.
The results also depend on which asteroid you select and how closely it hits the Earth’s surface.
You can choose what material the asteroid is made of, how big it is, and how fast it is moving.
Agarwal has created tons of free projects that anyone can access on his website, but this particular one was special because of the intense amount of math and physics that went into the design.
“I love playing out disaster scenarios in my head, so I’ve always wanted a tool that would help visualize the impact of a major natural disaster,” he told Motherboard.
“Asteroids are a good choice because their impact is so far-reaching. I think the tool could also help people gain more recognition for our need to deflect asteroids like in NASA’s DART mission.”
Agarwal joked on Twitter about the time and energy that went into the project, even posting a picture of the type of physics equations he was dealing with.
Still, he celebrates the app’s success, tweeting that more than 25 asteroids are launched every second.
“I think I might hit Apple Map’s rate limit soon,” he wrote.
https://www.thesun.ie/tech/news-tech/9873666/asteroid-tracker-map-reveals-how-many-people-die/ A chilling map shows how many people will die when a 1,500-foot iron asteroid hits any point on Earth