In movies like Armageddon, Hollywood tried (and failed) to raise the question of what would happen if the comet or asteroid fell into the oceans of the Earth, but what scientific research really may seem maybe look like?
The US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) released a new video illustrating what could happen if an asteroid collapsed in one of our oceans and is fascinating.
Based on data collected by scientists from the National Laboratory Los Alamos, Galen R. Gisler and John M. Patches, dubbed the Deep Water Data Ensemble, these simulations show that asteroids of different sizes are entering water from different angles. It is the scope and magnitude of the consequences that is truly an amazing part.
In the full video, you can see a comparison between two variables: one shows an impact without an air strike (when 250 meters or 820 feet, an asteroid hit the ocean unchanged), and one with an air wave (when the asteroid of the same size decays to pieces before hit). The data represent more asteroid sizes.
The video simulation also compares the different angles to which the asteroid can hit the body of water. More sloping angle, according to the data, would be more likely to generate a tsunami.
Here is a visualization in all its calming glory:
The video was submitted by the NCAR of the 2018 IEEE VIS SciVis Contest, in particular a target and a prestigious event dedicated to visualizing deep-water asteroids which took place in Berlin in October. Third place was given honorable mention.
There is very little chance of asteroid hitting the Earth any time soon – the asteroid of about 1.5 kilometers (1.5 km) is only estimated to hit the Earth around once every 1 million years. The researchers spotted an asteroid of about 3,600 meters (1.1 km) in space, which could have hit the Earth in 860 years, but has a 0.3 percent chance of doing so.
So, why does it do it at all? It's all about being ready.
According to Gisler and Patchett's report, NASA looks out for asteroids potentially dangerous for Earth. Asteroids that could hit the Earth are likely to fall into the ocean, a report adds, which could have serious consequences for the coastal coastal areas.
"The NASA Coordination Plan of the Planetary Defense is very keen to get to know the boundary of dangerous asteroids of smaller size in order to direct resources to finding all the major facilities that could endanger the country," the report said.
"Because most of the surface of the planet is water, that's where the asteroids are likely to affect," he continued. "This observation has sparked a serious debate over the past two decades on how dangerous the impacts caused by waves or tsunami are coastal lines."
Basically, the more we know what looks like an asteroid-generated tsunami, the better we can be-even if the chances of this happen in a very short time are very, very small.