How evasive is the Earth to Catastrophic Meteors?
Google says the Earth is approximately 92.96 million miles from the Sun. It also says the suns radius is 432,474 miles.
Therefore, it is 93,392,474 miles from the Earth to the center of the Sun:
92,960,000 + 432,474 = 93,392,474 miles
I've heard the Earth's orbit is elliptical, but to keep things simple, let's just say the orbit is a perfect circle. Therefore the radius of this circle is 93,392,474 miles. This would mean the diameter of our orbit would be 186,784,948 miles:
93,392,474 x 2 = 186,784,948 miles
The circumference of a circle is π x the diameter of a circle. Therefore, the number of miles in Earth's orbit would be about 586,504,736.72 miles:
3.14 x 186,784,948 = 586,504,736.72 miles
So, the Earth travels about 586,504,736.72 miles in one year. Since there are 365 days in year, that would mean that Earth travels about 1,606,862 miles in one day.
586,504,736.72 ÷ 365 = 1,606,862.292383562
That would mean the Earth travels about 66,953 miles per hour:
1,606,862.292383562 ÷ 24 = 66952.595515982
And this would mean the Earth travels about 1,116 miles per minute:
66952.595515982 ÷ 60 = 1115.876591933
Lastly, this would mean the Earth travel about 18.6 miles per second:
1115.876591933 ÷ 60 = 18.597943199
Google says the diameter of the Earth is 7,917.5 miles. So, as fast as the Earth is traveling, a catastrophic meteor has about a 7 minute window to hit target Earth.
7917.5 ÷ 18.597943199 = 425.719119329 seconds 425.719119329 ÷ 60 = 7.095318655 minutes
What are the odds of a catastrophic meteor hitting the Earth? Or, maybe a better question: What are the odds of the Catastrophic Earth hitting a poor meteor!?