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Q&A Are large meteor craters possible with the survival of most human society?

In my world, I am looking for a crater formed by a meteor impact that deposited a large number of resources there. The final crater should be 200 miles in diameter. I would like to do this with min...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Cascader‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Cascader‭

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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 Could Comets or Meteors be used to Combat Global Warming?

The running theory is that if the Earth is hit by a sufficiently large meteor, that the impact would create an ice age from all the dust it would put into the atmosphere. While this has been histo...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Nosajimiki - Reinstate Monica‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Nosajimiki - Reinstate Monica‭

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Q&A What would a world-ending meteor impact look like from the ground?

I've read a lot of questions about the specifics of meteor impacts on this site, but strangely this one seems to still elude me: Assume a meteor of sufficient mass and speed to wipe out human life...

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

Question planets meteor
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Q&A How would skeptics know that a single-engine plane could not destroy a falling meteor?

So I'm writing a story and decided to use Hida Furukawa as the location. It has a high school with a field of 650 ft that theoretically could be used for a small aircraft to be use to take off. In ...

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

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Q&A Major impact on the Moon

I've been watching the recent news about the close pass of the interstellar object 'Oumuamua'. It apparently passed as close to us as 60 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon at it's cl...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Simba‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Simba‭

Question moons meteor
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Q&A After the rocks fall

In Nemesis Games, the 5th book of The Expanse series by (pseudonym) James S. A. Corey, a disenfranchised group seeks to disrupt the solar system by "dropping rocks" on Earth (pushing or otherw...

1 answer  ·  posted 5y ago by Mark Anthony Songer‭  ·  last activity 5y ago by Mark Anthony Songer‭

Question cataclysms meteor
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Q&A Setting the scene - Alien Mineral, Mass Infertility

I'm amidst crafting a world but not sure how to fill in a few gaps. Your suggestions and ideas would be greatly appreciated! I've got a scenario where an extraterrestrial meteor hits planet earth...

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

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Q&A How can I catch an asteroid?

I'm interested in asteroid mining, but don't have the infrastructure in place to process ores and the like in space. However, I've got a nice planet-based refinery setup where I could easily proces...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by ckersch‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by ckersch‭

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Q&A What type of celestial body could pierce an Earth like planet without loss of trajectory or minimal loss of speed?

What type of extraterrestrial body could successfully pierce through one side of an Earth-like planet, go through all strata, through the core, and then continuing through the strata and through th...

5 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by NRGSurge‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by NRGSurge‭

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Q&A Could a man-made black hole deorbit the moon?

In the story I'm writing, humanity has cracked FTL travel by compressing a chunk of matter outside the craft into a short lived, gravitationally weak black hole that leads to a higher dimension (kn...

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

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Q&A Could an impact crater make a world habitable?

For most of us, meteors are by far the ultimate planet killers. All it takes is one direct hit to suddenly wipe all life from the face of a world. But, rather than taking life away from a planet, w...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by Mattias‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by Mattias‭

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Q&A Impact Winter: light as a commodity

For those unfamiliar, An impact winter is a hypothesized period of prolonged cold weather due to the impact of a large asteroid or comet on the Earth's surface. (Wikipedia) In my world I want...

1 answer  ·  posted 6y ago by socrates‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by socrates‭

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Q&A What size of near-earth asteroid could break up in the atmosphere to do sufficient damage to a city without destroying it?

I need a meteor to deliver an extraterrestrial algae-like cellular life form to an urban environment/city. The meteor needs to be far enough that it will not impact the Earth and will not cause ...

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

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Q&A How to camouflage a meteor

What requirements would a meteor have to satisfy, to approach Earth unrecognized until hitting the atmosphere and cause climatic changes after the impact? The meteor should have at least a circum...

7 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by if-trubite‭  ·  last activity 6y ago by if-trubite‭

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Q&A Artificial meteor displays

Small debris thrown from a satellite down towards Earth will burn up in the atmosphere, but how much precision could it be done with. Would it be feasible with the correct launcher and precise timi...

2 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by Dave Halsall‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Dave Halsall‭

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Q&A Targeting cities with meteors (part 2)

This question asked about aliens launching meteors at major metropolitan areas on Earth, but explicitly excluded the accuracy of the meteors from the question. In this specific scenario aliens ...

1 answer  ·  posted 7y ago by Bobson‭  ·  last activity 7y ago by Bobson‭

Question space meteor
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Q&A Targeting cities with meteors

So this was done in Starship Troopers and I am curious if it is realistic for interplanetary warfare. The idea is that aliens launch meteors at major metropolitan areas...and it ends poorly for th...

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

Question meteor