Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 1 month ago

If a meteor hits the Earth at a high-enough velocity, can it break through the crust and fly out of the lower pane and just keep going?

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  • 1 month ago

    Earth's crust varies in thickness but averages about 4-6 miles.  It would take an exceptional object, much larger than any asteroid that comes within 25 million miles, to go so deep.  But there is nothing that could go through the planet, just make a big crater.  Currently the largest identified crater is the Vredevoort Ring in South Africa, 160 miles diameter.  A suspected crater in Antarctica may be 350 miles.  The Solar System's largest crater is Valhalla Basin on Callisto, 1300 miles.

  • 1 month ago

    No... the Earth is the densest planet in the solar system... it may break through the crust, but it's still going to be slowed to a stop fairly soon. 

  • Kieth
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes, but it wouldn't exactly just fly through, the planet would burst apart.

  • Nyx
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Nope, it can not.

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