What: 💥💥💥 Blue collar everymen drilling a HUGE asteroid and then space explosions 💥💥💥
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Bruce Willis, Michael Clarke Duncan, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck
Recommended and Related Media
Deep Impact – decipherSciFi episode 54
Remember the other movie from the same year that was actually kind of reasonable in comparison? We covered that.
Phil Plait’s Review of Armageddon
Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy is good. His very critical review of Armageddon is also good and it is an excuse to decipher some physicsy things.
Read it Bad Astronomer
Uncertainty Principle the Podcast
Daniel James Barker’s own show. It’s wonder-ful and you should go there and appreciate some science.
Listen Uncertainty Principle
Michael Bay blows things up. Layers of subtlety.
BIG AS TEXAS
Just how very very large and unavoidably catastrophic the impactor in this movie is. Size vs Deep Impact. Size vs the dinosaur impactor.
Visibility of this asteroid in the sky
Angular size of this asteroid. Calculations from size, speed and distance suggested in the film (14 arcseconds). Using Ceres as a baseline for figuring out how bright this asteroid would be in our sky.
Tracking potential impactors
We do this irl! It helps when they’re on our solar plane. Comets can come in all sideways, which can make thing difficult. But we do okay tracking a lot of those too. Apophis.
Asteroid belts etc
Common misconceptions about the density of objects in the belt. It’s really diffuse in general! You won’t need to fly your shuttle like a jet in not-asmosphere.
Things hit earth
Drilling and art vs science. Astronaut training and why it’s not that big a deal and you can pretty much skip most of it and hop on an asteroid. 😎
Nonsensical simulated gravity. Slingshot maneuvers. Steeling energy from moons and planets.
🎶 Leaving on a jet plane 🎶
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