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What Happens if the Moon Crashes into Earth?

  • Publicado em 7 Fev 2022
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    Today we are answering an age-old very scientific and important question: What if the moon crashes into earth? It’s more interesting and weird than you probably think. Let's start with the basics: Why isn't the Moon on its way to crash into us already?
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  • Deirenne
    Deirenne  +28

    "According to science, the Moon is big and very massive"

  • PBJ - 55

    "according to science, the moon is big and very massive" thank you kurtzgesagt, this is the kind of scientific insight I subscribe for

  • LostBoy_wasHere

    I would most definitely read a post-apocalyptic book about this. It would be interesting to know what a good author could come up with after watching this!

  • Matt J
    Matt J  +323

    When these guys say "science won't work, so let's use magic," it always concerns me how confidently they say it. I'm fairly certain they actually could.

  • Just Jay

    Would love to make a game based off this premise. Could make it a survival rouge like, where you're sent to an earthlike planet to explore, and after the first week of exploration a cosmic anomoly causes the moon to fall, and the rest of the game takes place over the year of chaos. When the chaos is over and you finally leave, you're greeted with a view of the new ringed planet.

  • sylveon 69

    one thing i wonder about is even in this scenario where it "safely" de-orbits into a ring, would the earth still end up being pelted with massive meteorites? even if its not the whole moon crashing down, the moon is huge so i could definitely see a few small country/state sized chunks and dozens of city sized chunks ending up hitting the ground

  • Mumbo Jumbo

    I too, have pondered this.

  • Richie Witkowski

    Anyone notice they put the Legend of Zelda Ocarina songs at the bottom of the time cards?

  • Lesley Graham

    I appreciate using the slides inspired by Majora's Mask, along with the nod in the Magic animation. Very cute, very informative. As always!

  • The historic Life

    I love this channel. So much work goes into it just to keep us informed. Thank you so much!

  • Quackers And Quackers

    I feel like this would be a really good idea for a story, due to its dreary and grief journey to an ultimately calm and almost pretty end

  • TurtleShroom

    I love how you approached this as if the moon's orbit, which is always spiraling anyway, slowed. I was hoping to learn what would happen if the moon directly crashed within a few months like in video games, but this was WAY more entertaining.

  • sottozen
    sottozen  +23

    A little too high a price to pay in order to have a view like Saturn! Loved this one so much!

  • Lee VC
    Lee VC  +246

    Okay so I love how in each "Month" title marker, they have a relevant Zelda [OoT and MM] melody at the bottom of the title card:

  • ninthRing
    ninthRing  +156

    Much of this happened in reverse, albeit over billions of years.

  • Jeff Zebert
    Jeff Zebert 21 dia atrás +28

    Even before the Moon reaches the Roche Limit, it would, in its own right, start experiencing volcanism! This is because all the tidal kneading on the Moon would exert enough friction to heat the Moon's interior to the point of melting. This is the reason why the Jovian moon Io has active volcanoes.

  • Honor Truth

    The part they didn't mention is our Moon may well be the only reason we were able to evolve into such complex life forms. Its gravity and cycles help to stabilize our planet's climate and weather patterns in incredible ways. Without it, Earth would remain quite violently hostile, indefinitely.

  • Trollkiller 69

    One thing that you didn't mention:

  • Name not found

    This episode was absolutely spectacular. The animation of the moon collapsing into a set of rings was extraordinarily well done.