Physics Phriday: What If a Meteorite Hit Houston?

With the recent meteor seen over Russia, you might have wondered “What would happen if a meteorite hit Houston?”  Fortunately for you, you’re not the only one who has wondered.  The SciGuy at the Houston Chronicle wrote an article about just such a scenario.  It turns out that if a rock 45 meters across hit downtown, our school would probably be ok.

Here are a couple of calculators you can use to figure out what would happen if different sized meteors hit different places on the earth.

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Meteor Crater in Arizona

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