Airburst Data Visualization

2015 Challenge

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    Model, Platform, Data Visualization


    NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge is dedicated to locating asteroids that might pose a threat to human populations and then, once located, knowing what to do about them. Chelyabinsk caught the world by surprise. We want to stop this from happening again.

    Location of these small, fast-moving NEOs requires space-based hardware, however the threat of these airburst events is still largely misunderstood. Indeed as human cities grow and become more urbanized, the threat of a serious disaster this century is far higher than in the 20th. Some estimates put the threat now equal to that of dying in a commercial airliner - and yet we now have the technology to do something about it.

    The Chelyabinsk meteor that exploded in the atmosphere over Russia was an example of a small Near Earth Object (about 17m wide) that exploded in the upper atmosphere, releasing levels of energy of about half a megaton.

    This event created a fireball thirty times the power of the sun, burning retinas and the skin of observers, blowing out the windows of over 3600 buildings and knocking people off their feet. At least 1210 people were treated for injuries.

    Data from infrasound studies has revealed that these sorts of airbursts - known as ‘Bolide events’ are far more frequent than previously thought. Indeed over a twenty year interval between 1994 and 2013 there were 556 events (of which Chelyabinsk was the most powerful.) NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge team requires innovative and compelling ways to visualize the airburst phenomenon.


    Create a way of visualizing the threat of atmospheric airbursts using newly released data gathered in the Bolide study. Build on any open source solutions you find, or create your own.

    Your solution should both explain what an airburst is and highlight the frequency using JPL’s Bolide study data.


    Your solution should adhere closely to the known data of the Bolide study, but bring this to life so anyone in the world can understand its implications. Ideally your solution should be built with web-tools that can be embedded into a Content Management System (CMS), as needed or shared on social media.

    Sample Resources (Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

    Relevant Datasets (Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

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