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The Astroholic Explains S01E06 – Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Fire

4 Dec 2019, 16:51 UTC
The Astroholic Explains S01E06 – Goodness Gracious Great Balls Of Fire
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Almost 111 years after the Tunguska Event we answer our first (unexpectedly nepotistic) crowdsourced question about the risk of an asteroid impact, and we try to wrap our heads around just how devastating such events could be!

Welcome to the Astroholic explains. I’m your host, Chris
And I’m Alfredo, The Astroholic.
This is a podcast where I throw some cosmic conundrums your way,
And I try my best to answer them. Let’s get started!
The question today comes from Francesca Carpineti.
That’s my sister. So I can only imagine what she’s going to ask.
It’s a good question. She asks, can we survive an asteroid hitting our planet? I’m asking for a friend.
Okay. Yeah, that is a good question.
It’s something I’ve always wanted to know. I mean, I guess it depends on the size of the asteroid.
Yes, it depends on the size
And where it hits, I guess
Definitely! It can hit worse places and better places. I think we need to be quite cynical here when we consider the asteroid hitting the planet. It could hit plenty of places in which millions or tens of millions, maybe even hundreds of millions could die. But life would ...

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