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Asteroid simulation shows Earth being hit by largest asteroid in solar system -shock video | Science | News



In an animated video scientists were able to show what would happen to the Earth if the largest asteroid in our solar system was to make contact. The video shows the asteroid's shadow blocking out over the world as it nears the surface.

The asteroid pummels into the Earth's crust and sends it tsunami-like ocean waves ripping

The Himalayan mountains are completely destroyed in the fiery fallout.

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This planet-killing asteroid is known as Ceres.

Ceres is actually a dwarf planet and the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

It is the only dwarf planet located in the inner solar system.

Called on asteroid for many years, Ceres is so much bigger and so different from its rocky neighbors that scientists classified it as a dwarf plane t in 2006.

Even though Ceres takes 25 percent of the asteroid belt's total mass, tiny Pluto is still 1

4 times more massive.

Ceres takes 1,682 Earth days, or 4.6 Earth years, to make one trip around the sun

Ceres' radius is just 296 miles (476 km).

Scientists would like to search for possible signs of life on Ceres as it has something many other planets do not: water. [19659016]
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