A new simulator asteroids called Asteroid Launcher will allow users to know what the effects of an impact would be in their cities, regions and their entire country along with death statistics and the potential destruction which can cause
The tool, which was developed by the programmer Neal Agarwal and which is free to access from the page Web from “neal.fun/asteroid-launcher”, it also offers different customization options to visualize the difference that can exist between different types of asteroids that could impact the land.
Users will be able to choose the components of the celestial bodies (iron, coal, gold or stone), in addition to its size, the speed with which it reaches the planet and the angle of impact. In this way, curious people will be able to entertain themselves by modifying these characteristics in each launch.
How the asteroid simulator works
Once people enter the Web page of the simulator, either from their mobile devices or in a computer desktop, they will be presented with two sections in the screens. The first will show a Map The one that can be navigated to identify a particular place around the world, while the second contains the bars of personalization.
After having navigated the Map and identified the place where you want to simulate the impact, users can make the changes they want to their asteroid. When finished, they will only have to click or tap on the “Launch Asteroid” button to start the simulation.
From the first screen of the simulationthe web page provides data related to the effects of the impact and the damage it can cause in a territory depending on the size of the asteroid. Numbers like estimated fatalities, the depth of the crater, and the power of the burst they are followed by information regarding other stages of the disaster such as the fireball generated by the asteroid.
At this stage, differences begin to be generated between the consequences of impact that depend on the distance between people and the center of the phenomenon. While the fireball, whose magnitude is indicated on the following screen, it generates greater dangers in the closest areas, the consequences are less fatal the further away the rest of the survivors.
The simulator It is also capable of generating an additional zone in which the noise level that the sound wave caused by the noise would be generated is represented. impact and would estimate how many people would be affected by it, in addition to the distance in which the victims would be located depending on the damage their bodies would receive after having experienced the impact of a celestial body as a asteroid.
Other variables generated by the impact and that are displayed in the simulator are related to the intensity of the wind that will move around the impact zone, which is compared to thunderstorms Jupiter and hurricanes, as well as another one that is in charge of indicating the magnitude of the earthquakes that a phenomenon like this would cause in real life.
Based on actual physical values
According to Hipertextual, Agarwal indicates that “(…) I always wanted to create a tool that would allow me to visualize my own impact scenarios of asteroids”. Also, this Web page has as database scientists and actual investigations into physics and mathematics that were carried out by Dr. Gareth Collins (professor at Imperial College London) and Dr. Clemens Rumpf (aerospace engineer).
Even though this page aims to imagine what would be the possible scenarios in the land After the impact of a large asteroid, this scenario is unlikely to occur without institutions such as the POT detect the potential threat early.
In addition, currently the United States space agency has a system called DARTwhich was tested in the year 2022 and has proven to be effective in its mission to divert the trajectory of asteroidsalthough it has not yet been tested on celestial bodies that are potential threats to the planet.
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