THOUSANDS OF METEORITES HAVE COLLIDED WITH THE EARTH SINCE 2500 BC.
34,513 HAVE BEEN RECORDED. ONLY 1,042 HAVE BEEN SEEN FALLING.
BOLIDES is my take on data collected and provided by the The Meteoritical Society reporting all the reported meteorites that hit the Earth.
The visualization focuses mainly on meteorites that were eye-witnessed when falling and hitting the ground.
I’ve found more interesting to work with the witnessed meteorites than found ones as in my imaginary of bodies colliding with our planet there is always a fireball falling from the sky involved together with the astonishment of the people witnessing it.
I’ve deliberately decide not to focus too much on the geographical aspect as meteorites fall with virtually equal probability everywhere on the Earth. Anyway out there there are already quite nicely done maps of meteorites findings (i.e. Map of Meteorites on the Guardian).
Eye-witnessed meteorites tend to be concentrated in areas with high human population densities such as Europe, Japan, and northern India.
The visualization is built with HTML5. This time I’ve mixed both vector graphics and bitmaps, with the use of D3 and the Canvas.