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Q&A Would a huge amount of asteroids hitting Earth change its rotation speed or destroy the planet?

Earth's rotation is slowing down, and in this article Randall Munroe gives some ideas to accelerate the rotation - or at least to keep it from slowing down as quickly. He concludes that the only "s...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by hkotsubo‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by HDE 226868‭

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Q&A Asteroid mining: Good for the environment?

What if there was a binding global resolution passed tomorrow mandating that all countries gradually close down their terrestrial resource extraction sites and instead source from asteroid mines? W...

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by Jem‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Jem‭

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Q&A Asteroids with an atmosphere

What would be the likelihood of an asteroid developing a thin layer of gas? If an asteroid is capable of having an "atmosphere", then how likely would be be for primitive plant life, such as a moss...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sylvanus‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sylvanus‭

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Q&A Asteroid in the asteroid belt suddenly gains the gravity of the earth

An entrepreneur has a dream. He wants to create the most amazing and magical amusement park in the solar system. He goes to investors with the blue prints of the park, and they think it's a good id...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by William Oliver‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by William Oliver‭

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Q&A What would be the effect(s) of high-speed plasma impacting a planet?

As a follow-up to this question, what would be the effect(s) of a high-speed of super-heated plasma entering and impacting on a planet? The planet is about the size of 1.2x Earth(s), with a simila...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Hunt Castle‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hunt Castle‭

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Q&A What would be the effect(s) of this asteroid?

"At this very moment we face a threat insurmountable to Man. We are faced with two options. Stay on Earth and die, or leave Earth to space." - UN Preservation Council, CE 2047 Earth, year CE 2047 ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Hunt Castle‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Hunt Castle‭

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Q&A How big could a meteor crater be without causing significant secondary effects?

I need to wipe out a city. Not a huge one (I won't let them grow beyond a certain limit), but big enough to need to do some pretty serious damage. Let's say something similar in size to Pompeii. (y...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Spudley‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Spudley‭

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Q&A Is it possible for a large planetary body to embed itself onto the Earth?

With the proper composition and mass, is it possible for a planetary body to collide with Earth and embed itself onto the mantle? To clarify, while immense destruction would undoubtedly occur to t...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Wax‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Wax‭

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Q&A Could a route among the asteroids be built to reach Jupiter's moons once the technology to reach and set up a base in Mars is ready?

Once the technology is ready to reach and set up a base in Mars (perhaps 10 years if SpaceX expectations come true) could it be possible to build a route among the asteroids to reach Jupiter's moon...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Pablo‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pablo‭

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Q&A What would an asteroid impact feel like to someone standing on the moon?

On the Earth, with our atmosphere, even small objects entering the atmosphere such as Tunguska or Chelyabinsk can do devastating damage due to the shock-wave travelling through the air. People coul...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by breathlessblizzard‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by breathlessblizzard‭

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Q&A What order of magnitude incoming asteroid could we, in fact, deflect?

We actually today have programs to keep an eye out for various rocks in space that may hit Earth. It's a common sci-fi trope that when one is on course to hit us, we deflect it. That's pretty muc...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Fattie‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Fattie‭

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Q&A What would cause the land to "rise" in a future, post-apocalyptic world?

We are in the future in northern North America (U.S or Canada). The land has "risen" (or more accurately, filled in) with several hundred feet of earth and sand and silt so that a modern city will ...

16 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Arwood‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Arwood‭

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Q&A Rare Earth Elements in the outer solar system

If a space station were to be built in the outer solar system, is there an asteroid beyond Jupiter with a ratio of rare earth elements high enough to make it worthwhile to mine for the rare earth e...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Bob516‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Bob516‭

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Q&A Life on planet regularly hit with meteorites

Is it possible for life to evolve"” and survive"” on a planet that is regularly hit by [relatively small"” usually no more than a few feet across when they make an impact] meteorites? If so, what e...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Harshmellow‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Harshmellow‭

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Q&A Using an Asteroid's Momentum for Spaceship Propulsion

There's a lot of talk on futurist blogs about mining asteroids for propellant and other resources for space travel, but I have something else in mind. Could a spaceship, starting out in geocentric...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Pink Sweetener‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pink Sweetener‭

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Q&A Asteroid impact. How big does it have to be to globally affect plate tectonics?

I want to know about the plausibility and required parameters of the following scenario: Take an Earth-like planet, about the same size, composition and gravity. It has no plate tectonics to speak...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Tonny‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tonny‭

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Q&A Geological aftereffects of an asteroid impact on a large mountain range?

For the sake of analogy, let's take the Chixclub impactor and move it a mountain range akin to the modern Himalayas. Obviously we're dealing with an extinction level event here so I'm not concerned...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by ngonStrafe‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by ngonStrafe‭

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Q&A What sort of atmosphere would develop around an asteroid colony?

In the not too distant future, mankind has established several mining bases on Ceres. There are a lot of spaceships which come and go. Large mining machines are chewing up the interior for resource...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Innovine‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Innovine‭

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Q&A How much colder would that asteroid make my planet?

I've seen some posts here (for example this one) for the effects of certain sizes of impactors, but I'm not finding any definite answer and all my google and google scholar searches have not turned...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Nierninwa‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nierninwa‭

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Q&A How can I make a dense asteroid field?

Okay, so I'm working on a novel and I'd like to have a dense asteroid field, something akin to the old ESB Hoth field, though it doesn't need to match that exactly. The notion is there is an advan...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Tov Versh‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Tov Versh‭

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Q&A High-Altitude Asteroid Impact

66 million years ago, the dinosaur empire was in its death throes when its final nail in the coffin came hurtling down from the sky. A clump of rock the size of Mount Everest smashed into the Gulf...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JohnWDailey‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JohnWDailey‭

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Q&A Is it possible to make Asteroid Concrete?

In the far future, man is trying to build a small colony in the asteroid belt - on one of the bigger asteroids. All the materials are to be mined from asteroids, and it is assumed the colony will h...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Haedrian‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Haedrian‭

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Q&A What's the biggest, most spectacular asteroid collision the moon could save us from?

An asteroid collision big enough and fast enough to see a massive ejection of rock and moon-chunks, from the surface of the earth AND not wipe out the population of the planet. What size and speed...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by geekman‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by geekman‭

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Q&A "Landing" a small asteroid on Earth

I've been poking around similar posts, but none seem to contain the information I'm looking for. I'll try to keep it brief. In the year 20XX, some powerful organizations are trying to "land" an as...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by DMQ‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by DMQ‭

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Q&A How difficult would it be to turn the Asteroid Belt into a single body? What's the best method?

The Emperor (may he live forever) plans to visit the Solar System on a rare royal visit in ten years' time. The Bureau for Interplanetary Tidying have decided that the Asteroid Belt is an eyesore t...

9 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by chasly from UK‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by chasly from UK‭

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Q&A How can an individual with Superman like powers best harvest asteroids?

In a story I am writing there is a being with Superman level strength, flight, the ability to produce lasers, and survive in space. He has decided to solve the mineral crisis by finding and grabbin...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Nepene Nep‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Nepene Nep‭

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Q&A How much heat would a 1km asteroid release into earth's atmosphere?

I am writing a theory for a game that is in an apocalypse. An asteroid is heading for earth and will crash into the earth regardless in this theory. It is 1km in size but due to the YORP effect it ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by HeavenlyPanda‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by HeavenlyPanda‭

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Q&A Is it possible to divert a 1km Asteroid from Earth?

I am writing a scenario for a game that I am a fan of. It involves an asteroid heading for impact with the Earth in 2027. This asteroid's initial diameter is about 1km, but it is slowly disintegrat...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by HeavenlyPanda‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by HeavenlyPanda‭

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Q&A Could a ~150 mile impact basin form from a small object imact?

Could a ~150 mile (240 kilometers) crater form from a small object impact? So the object impacting the site of the crater is a human shape and not able to be destroyed. The location of the impact ...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by SlothsAndMe‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by SlothsAndMe‭

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Q&A Is it possible to hide a base in the Kuiper Belt?

With the Kuiper Belt being composed of well over 100 million objects - some grand, some insignificant - is it possible to hide an asteroid base from enemy sensors within its confines, combined with...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Kabob Maraca‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Kabob Maraca‭

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Q&A Can a 15km, rapidly-spining asteroid go undiscovered until the asteroid belt is being actively explored?

What I want to know is if an asteroid about 15 KM in diameter and roughly double that in length, spinning at a significant speed, could go undiscovered until a crew of an asteroid mining ship happe...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Cereza‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Cereza‭

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Q&A Could you liquefy an asteroid to collect its resources?

Suppose you could pump a load of energy into an asteroid at a safe distance. As energy gets added to the object, does it make sense that this could be done in a way to get the asteroid to different...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chris W‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Chris W‭

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Q&A How could someone ground a breathable synthetic atmosphere onto a small asteroid?

Let's say there are billions of asteroids in the galaxy, varying in size from baseballs to hunks of rock almost big enough to be dwarf planets. If someone wanted to set up a habitable location on o...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A Cataclysmic cloud of asteroid bits

I am wanting my 32km x ~7.5km buried space habitat to be hit with a cataclysmic disaster which changes things from everyday life to a survival lifestyle. I would like the station to be damaged to ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sam Washburn‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Sam Washburn‭

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Q&A Gravity differences on asteroid with an O'Neill cylinder

In my story there is something akin to an Island Three O'Neill cylinder buried vertically into the side of the asteroid Vesta. It is 5 miles across and 20 miles long. The station is buried but is...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Sam Washburn‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Sam Washburn‭

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Q&A A meteorite is about to ram into a planet. How long do the main characters have to leave the planet before they die?

At the end of Book 6 of my book series, a magic ritual has caused a large meteorite (around 1/4 the size of the one that caused the chicxulub crater) to ram into the small planet (around the size o...

2 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A Could an astronaut in a near-future space ship survive transit through our asteroid belt?

In the near future we may find cargo ships fleeing space pirates! Given that... It's a small cargo ship carrying 10 metric tons of wheat (cargo volume, approximately 13 m3). Total volume: 100 m...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JBH‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JBH‭

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Q&A 5km artificial planet, with same gravity as on Earth

So, the idea in a story is that in far far future there's a trend that rich people, they are able to buy themselves planets. Tiny little planets with sizes 4-6 km (3-4 miles) in diameter. The compa...

7 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Branko Maksimović‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Branko Maksimović‭

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Q&A Could I use a series of magnetic asteroids to create a magnetic field for mars?

If I push a couple of magnetic asteroids into mars gravitational field, could they form an interlocking series of magnetic fields able to protect mars from solar winds? Size limits for asteroids ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Clay Deitas‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Clay Deitas‭

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Q&A Conditional deniability of a natural asteroid belt with an atmosphere?

Is it unreasonable to suspend one's disbelief that an asteroid belt naturally formed with enough mass distributed through the belt to justify the formation of a belt-wide atmosphere given the follo...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JBH‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JBH‭

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Q&A Is it easier to mine asteroids than planets if teleportation technology exists?

Inspired by comments to JBH's answer to The worlds between, the consequences of instantaneous FTL. The Premise A technology for instantaneous travel exists, making it possible to travel to any po...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by G0BLiN‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by G0BLiN‭

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Q&A Would an asteroid of similar size to the one that hit 65 million years ago cause humans to go extinct?

Could humans sustain life after a k-t like extinction event? I know that a long lasting winter was a side effect then, but humans have technology to protect against cold. What other effects of an a...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Dibran Joe‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Dibran Joe‭

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Q&A Would a sun-blocking asteriod field be created if something big was to smash into the moon?

I'm wondering if it is plausible that a large asteroid (interstellar in origin? Or, perhaps launched from the Kuiper Belt by something big with a lot of gravity?) would be able to smash into Luna a...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by OnePie‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by OnePie‭

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Q&A Could you turn the asteroid belt into one giant full spectrum interferometer?

For the purpose of this post, full spectrum means a non-trivial number of frequencies within a non-trivial band. So human eyes aren't full spectrum within the visual range (each cone is wide band, ...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Imipak‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Imipak‭

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Q&A Would Vesta Be A Suitable Spot For Colonization

So I was thinking of using the asteroid Vesta as one of the many asteroid colonies in my future solar system. Is it a viable candidate or is there any "problems" with it. The colony would be made o...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by The Imperial‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by The Imperial‭

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Q&A Could a giant asteroid impact break off to form a new, habitable moon while leaving the original planet in ruins?

As the title says, I'm wondering if a species could theoretically boost an asteroid near a planet for easier mining access. If this was to accidentally crash into the original planet could a habita...

3 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by trippple333‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by trippple333‭

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Q&A Do different angles of strike affect the destructive power of an asteroid?

I'm looking into the destructive power of a 5km asteroid strike, a bit smaller than the k-Pg event. How does the angle of the strike affect the destructive capability of a land-based impact. For e...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by System‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by System‭

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Q&A Can ice asteroids cause an icy ship

Question If a ship went through an asteroid belt where the asteroids are mostly ice, could the ice in any way transfer onto the ship and give it coatings of ice in various places, or would there b...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Pyromaniac Mariner‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Pyromaniac Mariner‭

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Q&A How to explain Earth-like gravity in small asteroids?

I'm working on a sci-fi game about conquering little asteroids (about 1 km diameter). You can go into one of them and make it Earth-like so other humans, animals or plants can live there. To do th...

7 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Trap‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Trap‭

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Q&A What happens to asteroids when heated into a plasma?

I'm looking to build a scientifically plausible mining laser for my science fiction setting. The first approach that came to mind was a high-power laser that heats the surface asteroid until it bec...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Arvex‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Arvex‭