Calculating the plan of the movie “Armagendon”
Screenshot of the movie Armageddon 1998
That question has been answered by a group of physics students from the University of Leicester, they did the calculations and published a study analyzing whether it was possible that Bruce Willis and his team of drillers could have saved humanity with the plan that NASA had designed. .
The students based themselves on some of the data offered by the film, it says that the asteroid is the size of Texas, I confess that when I saw the film I assumed that it was referring to the surface of the Lone Star State, which has an area of 695 thousand kilometers and that is more or less the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, which is about 500 kilometers in diameter.
The students calculated how far the two fragments of the earth would have to pass so that they did not cause an impact and they calculated that they would have to pass at least 640 kilometers from the earth's surface on both sides, that would be an impressive sight to see a piece of rock 500 kilometers in diameter passing 640 kilometers above the surface.
Days before the impact in the movie. Screenshot of the movie Armageddon 1998
The students also calculated the density and composition of that giant asteroid, in the film I remind them that the drillers ended up finding a vein of metal just a few meters from the surface, so the asteroid must have been very rich in metals, and that it's quite troublesome both to break it and to do anything on it.
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