AUG 22, 2018 8:33 PM PDT

How Much Damage Could an Asteroid Impact Do?

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

There are so many asteroids in the solar system that it’s challenging to keep track of them. In fact, many asteroids are still lurking in the shadows and have yet to be discovered.

It is somewhat concerning to think that one of these asteroids could be on a collision course with Earth and we don’t even know it. That said, how big would an asteroid have to be to inflict significant damage on the planet?

This video takes that thought into account by demonstrating what differently-sized asteroids would do if they impacted the city of New York.

As you might have expected, larger asteroids deal more damage upon impact, but it’s interesting to see how exponentially the damage grows with even the most insignificant of a size difference between two unlike asteroids.

It’s unlikely that an asteroid will strike the Earth’s surface in your lifetime, but NASA and other space agencies are always keeping an eye out for near-Earth objects (NEO) that could potentially pose a threat like this.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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