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written by Doug Hamilton
supported by the National Science Foundation
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.
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
4A. The Universe
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Astronomy Workshop: Solar System Collisions:
Is Part Of Astronomy Workshop Tools
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