Meteors
The goal of the meteors project was to give a sense of how often damaging meteors strike the earth.

Since meteor strikes haven’t been tracked accurately for the past 100 years, much less the past 100 million years, simple visualizing the existing data wasn’t an option.  Instead, I chose to research what scientists have extrapolated about the frequency of meteor strikes and create a simulator. Using formulas devised by scientists at Harvard, Purdue and the Imperial College of London, the frequency of meteor strikes in the simulation is calculated based on the energy of the meteors. The energy of incoming meteors is a somewhat abstract concept to most readers, so a fixed density and velocity for the meteors was chosen. This allowed size to be used as the measure, which resonates well with users. The result is a simulation that shows the frequency of meteor strikes by size over the span of 100 million years, and tells users how their run of the simulation compares to the theoretical average.

This data visualization appeared in Popular Science magazine.

Launch Meteor Simulator