The new interactive map lets you drop asteroids into Times Square, London, or anywhere in the world

A new interactive map brings 1998’s Deep Impact to life, allowing users to drop a space rock anywhere globally to watch the devastation unfold.

The system, called Asteroid Launcher, lets you choose the location of impact, the diameter of the asteroid, the speed at which it hits the Earth, and the angle of impact — and hit “launch” to see the damage it causes and the number of fatalities. .

If a mile-diameter asteroid smashed into Time Square at 152,000 miles per hour, it would create a crater 34 miles wide and vaporize 9,486,287 people with an impact equivalent to 6,403 gigatonnes of TNT.

The system also shares other cataclysmic events that follow it, including shock waves, fireball size, and wind speed.

Asteroid Launcher is the brainchild of creative programmer Neil Agarwal who told DailyMail.com that he was inspired by his favorite movie Deep Impact and wanted to create a website that simulates disasters.

Asteroid Launcher allows users to choose a location to drop an asteroid. This simulation projected a mile-wide asteroid into Times Square in New York City, creating a 34-mile-wide crater

“I love disaster movies and play different apocalypse scenarios in my head,” Agarwal told DailyMail.com.

“This project took about two months to complete, one month of research and one month of coding and animation.”

He explained the equations behind the Asteroid Launcher from research papers by Dr. Gareth Collins and Dr. Clemens Rumpf, who are studying the effects of an asteroid impact.

“I chose those papers because they contain detailed equations and models for all the different effects of an asteroid impact (thermal radiation, winds, shock waves, earthquakes, etc.),” Agarwal said.

“They also do a great job of summarizing current knowledge of the field.”

The site also shows the devastating events that would follow the initial impact, such as the 74-mile-wide fireball that would cause third-degree burns to more than four million people and kill more than nine million.

The site also shows the devastating events that would follow the initial impact, such as the 74-mile-wide fireball that would cause third-degree burns to more than four million people and kill more than nine million.

Another option shows severe earthquakes that can occur after impact

Another option shows severe earthquakes that can occur after impact

Asteroid Launcher explains all the events, destruction, and fatalities that would occur in the event of an actual asteroid impact.

For example, if an asteroid the same size as Manhattan hit London while traveling at the same speed of 152,000 miles per hour, it would also create a 34-mile-wide crater that would vaporize more than 7.7 million people in the surrounding area.

In Time Square, the fireball will cover an area of ​​74 miles that will vaporize 30,561,023 people.

And in London, the same ball of fire would be released during impact, killing 56,082,822 people.

“This tool is more to help the general public learn more about asteroid impacts,” Agarwal said.

Another simulation using London and the same size asteroid that hit New York would also shoot a 74-mile-wide fireball

Another simulation using London and the same size asteroid that hit New York would also shoot a 74-mile-wide fireball

Asteroid Launcher also models wind speeds after an asteroid impact.  In the case of London, winds within 150 miles of the crater would be faster than the storms on Jupiter

Asteroid Launcher also models wind speeds after an asteroid impact. In the case of London, winds within 150 miles of the crater would be faster than the storms on Jupiter

Asteroid Launcher is the brainchild of creative programmer Neil Agarwal who told DailyMail.com that he was inspired by his favorite movie Deep Impact and wanted to create a website that simulates disasters.

Asteroid Launcher is the brainchild of creative programmer Neil Agarwal who told DailyMail.com that he was inspired by his favorite movie Deep Impact and wanted to create a website that simulates disasters.

Scientists have more accurate models of asteroid impacts that are being run on supercomputers – this simulation is a much simpler version.

Asteroid Launcher uses Apple Maps to pull satellite footage of the Earth into the simulation and layer visualizations over the selected area to show users just how far the destruction goes.

It also provides different options for what the asteroid is made of.

Users can drop a 2,400-foot-wide golden asteroid into Los Angeles at 247,000 miles per hour, leaving a 34-mile-wide crater in Earth and killing 5,210,549 people.

Simulated events occur in New York and London only once every 22 million years, but Earth is expected to have a close call when a three-pitch sized football field is expected to be 19,600 miles from our planet’s surface in 2029.

Apophis, named after the serpentine Egyptian god of chaos (also known as Apep), will pass Earth on April 13, 2029.

While researchers have ruled out the possibility of an 1,115-foot-tall object colliding with Earth, careful shaving will provide a unique opportunity to study an asteroid in detail; Most others that come close to this number are much smaller.

“The close approach of Apophis in 2029 will be an amazing opportunity for science,” said Marina Brozovic, a radar scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, who works on radar observations of near-Earth objects (NEOs).

We will observe asteroids with optical and radar telescopes. With radar observations, we may be able to see surface details as small as a few metres.

Simulated events occur in New York and London only once every 22 million years, but a stadium the size of three football fields is expected to lie within 19,600 miles of our planet's surface in 2029. Pictured is a simulation of how close

Simulated events occur in New York and London only once every 22 million years, but a stadium the size of three football fields is expected to lie within 19,600 miles of our planet’s surface in 2029. Pictured is a simulation of how close

It is expected to make its closest approach just before 6 p.m. ET, when it will be over the Atlantic Ocean.

According to NASA, it will be visible in the sky hours before this point.

Apophis will appear for the first time in the night sky over the Southern Hemisphere, making itself known to viewers on the east coast of Australia.

It then travels west to reach the equator in the early afternoon before crossing the United States around 7 p.m

NASA said in a 2019 statement that the massive space rock will travel so fast it will traverse the entire width of the moon in less than a minute.

While 19,000 miles may seem far away, the space agency says it’s rare for an object of this size to get so close.

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