These are the asteroids to worry about

Stephen Hawking thought an asteroid impact posed the greatest threat to life on Earth. Thanks to Kiwico for sponsoring this video. For 50% off your first month of any crate, go to kiwico.com/veritasium50
For other potential world ending catastrophes, check out Domain of Science: ve42.co/DoS
Special thanks to:
Prof. Dave Jewitt from UCLA Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences
Prof. Mark Boslough from Sandia National Labs
Scott Manley: kgcode.info
Ryan Wyatt at Morrison Planetarium
Prof. Amy Mainzer
Alexandr Ivanov for the opening shot of Chelyabinsk Meteor
Maps of Asteroid Impacts -ve42.co/Map
Time passing animation from Universe Sandbox - universesandbox.com/
Opposition Effect - ve42.co/Belskaya2000
Belskaya, I. N., & Shevchenko, V. G. (2000). Opposition effect of asteroids. Icarus, 147(1), 94-105.
Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - ve42.co/Perna2013
Perna, D., Barucci, M. A., & Fulchignoni, M. (2013). The near-Earth objects and their potential threat to our planet. The Astronomy and Astrophysics Review, 21(1), 65.
Survey of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids - ve42.co/NEOSurvey
Population Vulnerability - ve42.co/Rumpf2017
Rumpf, C. M., Lewis, H. G., & Atkinson, P. M. (2017). Population vulnerability models for asteroid impact risk assessment. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 52(6), 1082-1102.
Size distribution of NEOs - ve42.co/Trilling17
Trilling, D. E., Valdes, F., Allen, L., James, D., Fuentes, C., Herrera, D., ... & Rajagopal, J. (2017). The size distribution of near-earth objects larger than 10 m. The Astronomical Journal, 154(4), 170.
2020 NEOWISE Data Release - ve42.co/NEOWISE
National Research Council Report- ve42.co/Defending
Board, S. S., & National Research Council. (2010). Defending planet earth: Near-Earth-Object surveys and hazard mitigation strategies. National Academies Press.
Tug Boat - ve42.co/Schweickart03
Schweickart, R. L., Lu, E. T., Hut, P., & Chapman, C. R. (2003). The asteroid tugboat. Scientific American, 289(5), 54-61.
Gravity Tractor 1 - ve42.co/Lu05
Lu, E. T., & Love, S. G. (2005). Gravitational tractor for towing asteroids. Nature, 438(7065), 177-178.
Laser Ablation - ve42.co/Thiry14
Thiry, N., & Vasile, M. (2014). Recent advances in laser ablation modelling for asteroid deflection methods. SPIE Optical Engineering+ Applications, 922608-922608.
Yarakovsky Effect - ve42.co/Yara
DART Mission - ve42.co/DART
Nuclear 1 - ve42.co/Ahrens92
Ahrens, T. J., & Harris, A. W. (1992). Deflection and fragmentation of near-Earth asteroids. Nature, 360(6403), 429-433.
Nuclear 2 - ve42.co/Bradley10
Bradley, P. A., Plesko, C. S., Clement, R. R., Conlon, L. M., Weaver, R. P., Guzik, J. A., ... & Huebner, W. F. (2010, January). Challenges of deflecting an asteroid or comet nucleus with a nuclear burst. In AIP Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1208, No. 1, pp. 430-437). American Institute of Physics.
Researched and Written by Petr Lebedev, Jonny Hyman and Derek Muller
3D animations, VFX, SFX, Audio Mixing by Jonny Hyman
2D animation by Ivàn Tello
Intro animation by Nicolas Pratt
With Filming by Raquel Nuno
Music from epidemicsound.com "Stellar Dance" "Orbit" "That Notebook" "What We Discovered" "Out of Poppies" "Handwriting"
Images and video supplied by Getty Images

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  • I think a 10km impactor could still come from the Oort cloud, so the probability there is not really zero.

    Jakub HoláňJakub HoláňСаат мурун
  • Puny humans.

    Omaha BullockOmaha Bullock3 саат мурун
  • I feel bad for dinosaur 😔😭

    Snow FlakeSnow Flake5 саат мурун
    • Imagine if u were dinosaur

      Snow FlakeSnow Flake5 саат мурун
  • Oh yes

    Géry PankratzGéry Pankratz7 саат мурун
  • try a bunker the ones that where made in like 1983

    Damien Lopez-BarrazaDamien Lopez-Barraza7 саат мурун
    • thay are for thing like nuks

      Damien Lopez-BarrazaDamien Lopez-Barraza7 саат мурун
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    drgndstryrdrgndstryr8 саат мурун
  • Imagine kim jong un making astreoids and using it for future wars..

    Roblox_brother157Roblox_brother1579 саат мурун
  • E o Sincronismo? 11:12

    Vanessa VicenteVanessa Vicente10 саат мурун
  • How about apophis

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    Toni ToniToni Toni16 саат мурун
  • How about splashing it with white paint so the sun would change its trajectory?

    Ricky FoosRicky Foos18 саат мурун
  • My family visited the Arizona crater in 50s. We all knew and the tourist office also said that it was a meteor crater. Never heard anyone suggest it was a result of a volcano.

    Ricky FoosRicky Foos18 саат мурун
  • I was hoping for a small up-to-date catalogue and review of asteroids such as the "Apophis" one. Didn't get one.

    olden creekolden creek18 саат мурун
  • this is Science?

    Kent SorensenKent Sorensen20 саат мурун
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    Kasia WolskaKasia Wolska21 саат мурун
  • Thank you...

    S AydinS Aydin22 саат мурун
  • Title is misleading.

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    Manny NortonManny NortonКүн мурун
  • We could probably get diving equipment and when the asteroid hit and go in the the middle of the ocean and dive into the water (ik yall are smarter but it was my idea)

    XX_JAJUAN_XX 105XX_JAJUAN_XX 105Күн мурун
  • 18:28 like a Pandamic for example..

    Panda MagnumPanda MagnumКүн мурун
  • I don't want to die

    Leo-Han RobertLeo-Han RobertКүн мурун
  • imagine if mars collides into earth

    sidsidКүн мурун
  • But if we lonch a megnet it vill turn a astroid becou it' s iron

    Jan KadivecJan KadivecКүн мурун
  • Were very lucky that even if a hundred meter meteor hit us, there is a Absolute Zero percent chance it could hit a major city

    Mine SteveMine SteveКүн мурун
  • I wanna see once before I die

    Ntuj Qub QabNtuj Qub QabКүн мурун
  • didn't Nova use some of the footage of the chicxulub meteriorite in one of there documenturies

    MasterhandsMasterhandsКүн мурун
  • thanks ...it's a great project

    Shadi AbohosenShadi Abohosen2 күн мурун
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    Pam CervantesPam Cervantes2 күн мурун
  • But why can't other nations send missiles to hit 1-2km asteroids by tracing it's trajectory when they are closer to Earth(Like when they are just above Earth surface) It will atleast minimize the focused damge ryt? 🤔🤨🧐

    Frustrated StudentFrustrated Student2 күн мурун
  • This planet can go at anytime and left remaining in the universe are trillions of other planets exactly like ours but each planet will have humans that speak different languages, wear different hair styles and clothes, and have different rock and pop bands, and different movies and videogames.

    domic domdomic dom2 күн мурун
  • Now I want a T-Rex skull.

    Smooth MoveSmooth Move2 күн мурун
  • You only get to live once so make the best of it we can die at any minute keep safe

    HYP3 X GAMERHYP3 X GAMER2 күн мурун
  • So, you are telling me that the big bang took place BILLIONS of years ago, and this piece of rock/metal is part of a planet from that explosion... soooo, that little rock has been floating around the universe for BILLIONS OF YEARS?!? Your brain is fried, man.

    Alan WhiteAlan White2 күн мурун
  • I love when they say "this asteroid is about 4.5 billions years old." Like they know the actual age of the rock. Not 2, not 3, not 5 billions years old...4.5. Lol.

    Gilbert GrapeGilbert Grape2 күн мурун
    • They count the candles on its cake bruh

      Jordan CoalandzJordan Coalandz2 күн мурун
  • Reminds me about the Colossal titan kicking a hole in the wall Imao

    mingmingarmy 7006mingmingarmy 70063 күн мурун
  • If you're reading this you made it to 2021. You are blessed 🙏

    Jesse HernandezJesse Hernandez3 күн мурун
  • Dont worry superman will save the day

    Cool MastersCool Masters3 күн мурун
  • "There are roughly a thousand one kilometer asteroids, and they're still capable of doing a lot of damage ". Me: flex tape

    Gind gindGind gind3 күн мурун
  • I don't know why but I want to mine the sh out of these asteroids, the amount of resources must be tremendous !!

    Waldel MartellWaldel Martell3 күн мурун
  • I'm interested in that T-Rex head! Where can I get one! ^..^~~

    recklesswhisperrecklesswhisper3 күн мурун
  • am scared now

    Philipp MullerPhilipp Muller3 күн мурун
  • cool

    SpaceIL12 NSpaceIL12 N3 күн мурун
  • 14:25 "and, this could happen tomorrow?" *[softly] don't...*

    NikoNiko3 күн мурун
  • Nuking an asteroid should not be disregarded. I believe it's the most viable approach and doing in near proximity to Earth's atmosphere would prevent the chunks from clumping back together, allowing a greater surface area of Earth's atmosphere to burn the chunks.

    Anton SAnton S3 күн мурун
  • I feel sad when thinking about how dinosaurs would have felt back then...

    MrBeast ׂMrBeast ׂ3 күн мурун
    • Lmao nice name.

      Rose MangosRose Mangos2 күн мурун
  • Way more intense than my pocket ace asteroid video. 😳

    Ο Έλληνας Παίκτης KαρτώνΟ Έλληνας Παίκτης Kαρτών3 күн мурун
  • Chee leb enz

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  • Wow

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  • 😭😭😭😭😭🌏🌒☄️

    Eril CruzEril Cruz3 күн мурун
  • So, basically this video and others like it, are fear mongering.. right? Maybe we all need to just dig a hole, and hide. Shut down our cars, our manufacturing, quit our jobs cause that causes all sorts of stiff and just HIDE.. right?

    enterprise59enterprise593 күн мурун
  • Well the aphopis in 2013 didn't really hit anything

    Miekayla jealayne ValenzuelaMiekayla jealayne Valenzuela3 күн мурун
  • Why worry about things you can’t control

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    Even LuisEven Luis3 күн мурун
  • WHAHHHHHHH WHY WAS THIS NOT ON MAINSTREAM NEWS

    Zoomie the Gaming AIZoomie the Gaming AI3 күн мурун
    • Does Ronald Reagan's address to the United Nations back in the 80's make sense now? People laughed at the star wars programme and thought he was talking about aliens. Dude knew what's coming..

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  • He's lucky that god didn't get any ideas

    Owen MarshallOwen Marshall4 күн мурун
  • I would simply intervene

    LucidTripLucidTrip4 күн мурун
  • Hopefully an undercover bomb to land on CHINA!

    Sissy BSissy B4 күн мурун
  • The ONLY thing I can say is... Sometimes, it IS aliens. Closer and closer to disclosure, CIA put out like 5600 redacted docs

    TruthSeeker94 112TruthSeeker94 1124 күн мурун
  • so they missed the one over Russia , funny that , aye !

    Thomas W.glasgowThomas W.glasgow4 күн мурун
  • The main thing that scares me about this presentation is at the end where he describes Christmas as 'the holidays'. The end of the world might be a few years off but the end of common sense is already here.

    Acid DriveAcid Drive4 күн мурун
  • Comet's?

    Jake FordJake Ford4 күн мурун
  • Stop thinking about bad things and worrying all your life lets enjoy our life until we really die

    AchievedHeavenAchievedHeaven4 күн мурун
  • Guys relax, y'all gonna forget this in two days.

    Buff SageBuff Sage5 күн мурун
  • Where is Bruce Willis when you need him? Surely it striking the ocean is worse that striking the land?!

    basildon davebasildon dave5 күн мурун
  • Holland Taylor

    martalex sinmartalex sin5 күн мурун
  • Hello I love your video so much🔰🌻🍎🍍🌺🐹

    DIY Hamster WorldDIY Hamster World5 күн мурун
  • O man

    Gasper AntonyGasper Antony5 күн мурун
  • just need to fire nuclear weapon on them cause nuclear weapons are invented to get rid of those not war

    UJJAL 018 B R E A C H E RUJJAL 018 B R E A C H E R5 күн мурун
  • An asteroid would probably hit the water though

    KurtSandfordKurtSandford5 күн мурун
  • This documentary was so interesting. It’s so important to learn about astronomy. And so fascinating.

    SuperThunderGoodGuySuperThunderGoodGuy5 күн мурун
    • Its soooooo cool

      Rose MangosRose Mangos2 күн мурун
  • Debbie Downer's Father

    SpaghettibenderSpaghettibender5 күн мурун
  • Last time I was watching or of this I woke up to formula drift so I’m down

    SABean RPuffSABean RPuff5 күн мурун
  • here we go 2021 trailer

    simon morenosimon moreno5 күн мурун
  • Thats why we need to take care the mother earth

    SHAN ROBLOX GAMINGSHAN ROBLOX GAMING5 күн мурун
  • Hahahahaha fake

    Abs SupremeAbs Supreme5 күн мурун
    • Ya wannabe naruto profile I bet you are one of those flat earthers or just joking

      Owen MarshallOwen Marshall4 күн мурун
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    Bryan GoldfieldBryan Goldfield5 күн мурун
  • So we giving Jupiter a demerit for this one, or?

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  • Fact: Duende/duwende in Filipino means "dwarf" in English

    Jay Vinson DahayJay Vinson Dahay5 күн мурун
  • mmmm remove the "a" from asteroids

    arcimedesarcimedes5 күн мурун
  • The scariest thing is how big they are, the bigger asteroid, the bigger explosion it’s basically a nuke but way stronger (depending on the size)

    Death GamingDeath Gaming5 күн мурун
  • The last astroid hit 66 million years ago lol

    cayley playscayley plays5 күн мурун
  • All the cool stuff happens in Russia

    J NoletteJ Nolette5 күн мурун
  • I think its better not to know when disaster will strike...

    Christo de BeerChristo de Beer6 күн мурун
  • Dont give 2021 any ideas please.....

    Christian SilvaChristian Silva6 күн мурун
  • Send a plasti-dip bomb to the object and paint it :)

    Dawn MoonDawn Moon6 күн мурун
  • 2021 be like write that down write that down!!

    the running manthe running man6 күн мурун
  • was watching this at 3am, fell asleep 3mins into it got up at 6am, resumed watching it and fell asleep again, his voice bru

    AClockHead103AClockHead1036 күн мурун
  • You should do a video measuring the effect of parenthood on your carbon footprint.

    yooser naimeyooser naime6 күн мурун
  • "If we saw it coming, what would we do?" Me: oof it with a nuke

    Aryan's wonderworldAryan's wonderworld6 күн мурун
    • If you have a whole bunch of small nukes and use them as kind of rocket engines like an Orion drive!!

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    • using nukes(depending on the size of the asteroid) to push it away from earth direction seems like a legit strategy just have to be careful to not break it

      Cutefeet CunnysseurCutefeet Cunnysseur3 күн мурун
    • Or push it in the sun

      Aryan's wonderworldAryan's wonderworld5 күн мурун
    • @Naser Rasse oof the nuke in the center of the asteroid would send it in 2 parts and many small pebbles

      Aryan's wonderworldAryan's wonderworld5 күн мурун
    • Oof it with a nuke will send multiple asteriods

      Naser RasseNaser Rasse5 күн мурун
  • Imagine getting a 4 billion years old rock

    ceejay lamaneroceejay lamanero6 күн мурун
  • The flood

    Betty the only GarnerBetty the only Garner6 күн мурун
  • переведи

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  • We might not have 10km asteroid but we have covid readyly available

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  • There is another coming in couple months

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  • Bitcoin is the future, Investing in it now will be the wisest thing to do especially with the current rise

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    • Hey someone talked about researching and trading without professional guide...huh I laugh you, because you will remain where you are or even make huge losses that will stop you from trading, this has been one of the biggest problems to new traders.

      Donard HazardDonard Hazard6 күн мурун
    • What do you mean by that, you think that's a nice idea😕🤷🏻‍♂?

      Aqile WilliamAqile William6 күн мурун
  • Trying to push a metior is like an ant trying to push a tank🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Arthur PannellArthur Pannell6 күн мурун
  • O H Y E A H M R K R A B S

    lionskylionsky6 күн мурун
  • So... Only God can save us. Subhanallah.

    Abdul MuminAbdul Mumin6 күн мурун
  • Him: about to get hit by a meteor. Physics: *This video was sponsored by kiwi co*

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