This Map Shows Every Meteorite That Has Hit Earth Since 2300BC

If we somehow get lucky and don't kill ourselves first, we're probably all going to die when a gigantic meteorite slams the crap out of our blue marble. Meteorites hit Earth more than you think! Since 2300BC, you can see all the meteorites that have pockmarked Earth.

Hell, there might be even more than this! The map, which was created by Javier de la Torre, cofounder of CartoDB, shows the location of the 34,513 recorded points of impact in the past 4000 years. Who knows what kind of space balls are hitting places where people dont' live, or even the ocean! You don't realise how often of an occurrence (relatively, of course) a meteorite hit on Earth is until you see this map.

If the tin foil crowd wants to stay safe, should they move to a place that's already been hit by a meteorite or that's never been hit? Asking for a friend. See the full map here and find out if where you live has been struck. [CartoDB via Guardian UK, The Verge]


    It's all the recorded meteorites. Not every meteorite. There's a big difference.

    The data would skew very heavily to places where there was been human habitation, followed by exploration and cartography, and filtered for places like the Sahara and the ocean, where shifting terrain masks any prior impact site.

    In all, this would be a tiny sample of all the meteorites from the past 4312 years.

      It's basically a modern population map, skewed a bit by places where meterites are easy to find eg. deserts.

        and here i thought, Meteorites loved democracy

    I don't really need to state it, but obviously not every meteorite, unless meteorites really hate water ;)

      Yes, they do hate water, meteorites are in reality tiny spaceships of the inhabitants of a cat planet.

    Meteorites seem to love 'Merica and 'Straya

    Statistically 2/3 would hit the ocean so this would be 1/3 of them.

    If we somehow get lucky and America doesn't kill everyone first, we’re probably all going to die when a gigantic meteorite slams the crap out of our blue marble.

    Yeah, polar regions and equator seems more safe.

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