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This item is an interactive tool that calculates the crater depth and energy released when an asteroid or comet collides with a planet. Users can choose to bombard any planet in our solar system, and may also set the diameter, composition, and velocity of the impacting object. This resource was designed to help students understand the relationship between mass and momentum, and how a planet's atmosphere helps protect it from bombardment.
This item is part of a larger collection of animations, simulations, and interactive tools for astronomy students. SEE RELATED MATERIALS on this page for a link to the full collection.
This resource was created through funding provided by NSF Grant AST-9733789 and through support from NASA.
asteroid collision, asteroid impact, comet collision, comet impact, crater, meteor, meteor collision, meteor impact, planetary bombardment, simulation
Metadata instance created
March 2, 2010
by Caroline Hall
March 12, 2010
by Caroline Hall
Last Update when Cataloged:
August 31, 2007
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
4A. The Universe
6-8: 4A/M4. Many chunks of rock orbit the sun. Those that meet the earth glow and disintegrate from friction as they plunge through the atmosphere—and sometimes impact the ground. Other chunks of rock mixed with ice have long, off-center orbits that carry them close to the sun, where the sun's radiation (of light and particles) boils off frozen materials from their surfaces and pushes it into a long, illuminated tail.
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (1993 Version)
2. THE NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
B. Mathematics, Science, and Technology
2B (9-12) #1. Mathematical modeling aids in technological design by simulating how a proposed system would theoretically behave.
%0 Electronic Source %A Hamilton, Doug %D August 31, 2007 %T Astronomy Workshop: Solar System Collisions %V 2013 %N 23 May 2013 %8 August 31, 2007 %9 text/html %U http://janus.astro.umd.edu/astro/impact/
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This is a podcast about the very recent impact of an object with the surface of Jupiter. It is accompanied by an extensive resource guide to background information and online materials relating to collisions by meteors, asteroids, and comets.
A set of 19 inquiry-based lessons for grades 6-12 on meteorites and their effect upon impact with Earth. Lessons range in complexity, allowing adaptation for middle school science through high school physics classrooms.