The deadly asteroid simulator shows how devastating a massive space rock crashing into your area can be

Have you ever wondered what would happen if an asteroid hit near you?

An expert created a terrifying simulator to see how serious such an event would be in any part of the world.

The simulator shows how bad an asteroid impact can be

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The simulator shows how bad an asteroid impact can be

You can choose the asteroid type, size and even speed to estimate what might happen.

This includes how many would die as a result.

Targeting a 1km-wide rock asteroid traveling at 58mph and impacting London at a 45-degree angle would have devastating consequences, the site suggests.

It would leave a huge crater 16 miles (26 km) wide, decimating the capital.

An estimated 4,056,089 people would be vaporized in the crater.

But even more would die from the 35-mile (56 km) wide fireball that accompanies such an impact.

The simulator assumes that more than 24 million people would die from the fireball alone.

And an estimated 6,468,423 people would also die from the shockwave.

If that weren’t enough, the gust from it would cause an estimated 12.7 million deaths and span parts of France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

It would also cause an 8.3 magnitude earthquake.

Of course, you could try something much smaller.

Most small comets burn up as they shoot through Earth’s harsh atmosphere.

Fortunately, this is all just a simulation based on scientific data, and not a representation of any known asteroid heading our way.

In real life, Nasa is constantly scanning space for the giant rocks.

Potentially dangerous and near-Earth objects are constantly detected, but never come close enough to be a concern.

However, the space agency is already preparing for the future, having recently tested a spacecraft designed to penetrate dangerous asteroids.

They used the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) to intentionally crash into a space rock 11 million miles from Earth that actually posed no threat to us.

But they successfully pushed the asteroid in a different direction and showed that we can do the same mission again in the future for real dangers.

You can try the simulator yourself at neal.fun/asteroid-launcher.

Creator Neal Agarwal developed it using papers from Dr. Gareth Collins and Dr. Clemens Hull.

“Growing up watching disaster movies like Deep Impact and Armageddon, I’ve always wanted to create a tool to visualize my own asteroid impact scenarios,” he said gizmodo.

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“I think this tool is for anyone who loves running ‘what if’ scenarios in their heads.”

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