Saturday, November 05, 2005

Meteor Effects Calculator

Simulating the Apocalypse
For those who like to simulate the Apocalypse in the comfort of their own home, some guys from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have put together an Earth Impact Effects Program, where you can see the effects of different sized asteroids and comets hitting the Earth. You enter various parameters, including how far away you are, and the simulator will tell you what you can expect to happen to you in terms of incineration, blast, earthquake, and being buried in debris. They even have suggested values for those of us who don’t know the densities of comets and asteroids off the top of our heads.

Blowing the world to smithereens is sort of a pleasant diversion for those days when things just aren’t going well at the office. Besides, it’s always good for the soul to ponder our own fragility.

The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down upon the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood,

a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water -

the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night. (Rev 8:7-12, NIV)

Apres nous, le deluge. KABLOOEY!!!