Meteorites: Earth Impact

'Meteorites: Earth Impact' is an attempt to visualize meteorites that have impacted earth in the past. The Meteoritical Society has a massive database of all the recorded meteorites that have collided with Earth dating as far back as 2500 BCE, providing the most comprehensive public picture of known meteorite collisions. This visualization is my first attempt at an interactive visualization and was built for the 'Visualizing Meteorites' contest held by Visualizing.org in the month of May 2013.

Dataset: Meteorite landings(Visualizing.org)


A meteorite is a meteoroid (a solid piece of debris from such sources as asteroids or comets) originating in outer space that survives impact with the Earth's surface. Meteorite falls are those meteorites that are collected soon after being witnessed to fall, whereas meteorite finds are discovered at a later time. Although there are 30x more finds than falls, their raw distribution of types does not accurately reflect what falls to Earth for various reasons.

Meteorites seen falling:

Year,Falls
-2500,0
-600,0
-300,0
861,1
921,1
1400,1
1491,1
1492,1
1496,1
1520,1
1576,0
1583,1
1600,0
1621,1
1623,1
1628,1
1632,1
1636,1
1637,1
1647,1
1654,1
1662,1
1668,1
1671,1
1688,1
1704,1
1715,1
1716,0
1723,1
1724,0
1740,1
1741,1
1749,0
1750,1
1751,1
1753,2
1766,1
1768,2
1769,1
1773,1
1775,2
1776,0
1779,1
1781,0
1784,0
1785,1
1787,1
1790,1
1791,1
1792,0
1793,0
1794,1
1795,2
1796,2
1797,0
1798,2
1801,1
1803,3
1804,3
1805,2
1806,1
1807,2
1808,4
1809,1
1810,3
1811,3
1812,4
1813,2
1814,4
1815,2
1817,1
1818,3
1819,2
1820,1
1821,1
1822,6
1823,2
1824,3
1825,2
1826,3
1827,3
1828,1
1829,3
1830,2
1831,2
1832,0
1833,1
1834,2
1835,2
1836,3
1837,3
1838,5
1839,1
1840,3
1841,3
1842,4
1843,6
1844,3
1845,2
1846,3
1847,2
1848,4
1849,1
1850,2
1851,3
1852,4
1853,3
1854,1
1855,6
1856,2
1857,7
1858,4
1859,4
1860,6
1861,4
1862,2
1863,6
1864,3
1865,7
1866,7
1867,3
1868,11
1869,7
1870,3
1871,4
1872,4
1873,5
1874,3
1875,6
1876,5
1877,7
1878,6
1879,8
1880,7
1881,4
1882,4
1883,3
1884,3
1885,2
1886,7
1887,5
1888,0
1889,5
1890,9
1891,2
1892,4
1893,4
1894,4
1895,4
1896,4
1897,8
1898,5
1899,7
1900,8
1901,5
1902,7
1903,8
1904,4
1905,5
1906,7
1907,4
1908,6
1909,2
1910,11
1911,5
1912,4
1913,4
1914,7
1915,2
1916,10
1917,10
1918,6
1919,7
1920,5
1921,8
1922,6
1923,6
1924,10
1925,9
1926,7
1927,6
1928,6
1929,7
1930,11
1931,6
1932,8
1933,17
1934,10
1935,6
1936,5
1937,7
1938,11
1939,10
1940,5
1941,4
1942,8
1943,3
1944,7
1945,4
1946,5
1947,6
1948,3
1949,13
1950,12
1951,7
1952,6
1953,3
1954,6
1955,4
1956,8
1957,6
1958,2
1959,6
1960,5
1961,7
1962,7
1963,7
1964,7
1965,4
1966,5
1967,9
1968,5
1969,6
1970,8
1971,7
1972,3
1973,4
1974,7
1975,4
1976,12
1977,10
1978,3
1979,2
1980,6
1981,7
1982,3
1983,5
1984,10
1985,2
1986,9
1987,1
1988,6
1989,7
1990,8
1991,5
1992,3
1993,4
1994,6
1995,6
1996,5
1997,3
1998,9
1999,7
2000,4
2001,5
2002,8
2003,9
2004,6
2005,0
2006,5
2007,8
2008,9
2009,5
2010,6
2011,4
2012,2
2013,1

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Meteorites found:
   
Year,Finds
-2500,1
-600,1
-300,1
861,0
921,0
1400,0
1491,0
1492,0
1496,0
1520,0
1576,1
1583,0
1600,1
1621,0
1623,0
1628,0
1632,0
1636,0
1637,0
1647,0
1654,0
1662,0
1668,0
1671,0
1688,0
1704,0
1715,0
1716,1
1723,0
1724,1
1740,0
1741,0
1749,1
1750,0
1751,0
1753,0
1766,0
1768,0
1769,0
1773,0
1775,0
1776,1
1779,0
1781,1
1784,2
1785,0
1787,0
1790,0
1791,0
1792,1
1793,1
1794,0
1795,0
1796,0
1797,1
1798,0
1801,0
1803,0
1804,3
1805,1
1806,0
1807,0
1808,1
1809,0
1810,2
1811,0
1812,0
1813,0
1814,1
1815,0
1817,0
1818,2
1819,1
1820,0
1821,0
1822,2
1823,0
1824,0
1825,1
1826,0
1827,0
1828,1
1829,1
1830,0
1831,0
1832,1
1833,0
1834,1
1835,0
1836,2
1837,2
1838,2
1839,4
1840,4
1841,1
1842,1
1843,1
1844,1
1845,1
1846,4
1847,3
1848,0
1849,2
1850,6
1851,0
1852,4
1853,2
1854,8
1855,3
1856,4
1857,3
1858,4
1859,1
1860,5
1861,2
1862,1
1863,9
1864,1
1865,1
1866,5
1867,5
1868,5
1869,5
1870,3
1871,3
1872,2
1873,5
1874,3
1875,7
1876,4
1877,2
1878,3
1879,6
1880,8
1881,6
1882,5
1883,7
1884,8
1885,5
1886,3
1887,16
1888,15
1889,10
1890,11
1891,8
1892,7
1893,8
1894,6
1895,6
1896,6
1897,4
1898,12
1899,7
1900,9
1901,5
1902,5
1903,14
1904,7
1905,9
1906,6
1907,12
1908,7
1909,9
1910,9
1911,7
1912,8
1913,7
1914,11
1915,11
1916,10
1917,9
1918,9
1919,7
1920,9
1921,10
1922,9
1923,10
1924,8
1925,9
1926,6
1927,10
1928,10
1929,8
1930,9
1931,16
1932,17
1933,13
1934,17
1935,13
1936,30
1937,47
1938,34
1939,22
1940,32
1941,19
1942,12
1943,7
1944,13
1945,7
1946,8
1947,13
1948,17
1949,10
1950,28
1951,13
1952,12
1953,6
1954,16
1955,20
1956,19
1957,12
1958,16
1959,10
1960,25
1961,20
1962,29
1963,27
1964,26
1965,46
1966,21
1967,28
1968,49
1969,64
1970,39
1971,42
1972,29
1973,27
1974,684
1975,333
1976,40
1977,411
1978,259
1979,3044
1980,146
1981,456
1982,341
1983,355
1984,392
1985,376
1986,1366
1987,915
1988,2290
1989,129
1990,1510
1991,872
1992,369
1993,975
1994,713
1995,481
1996,578
1997,1693
1998,2688
1999,1684
2000,1788
2001,1645
2002,2070
2003,3314
2004,1934
2005,875
2006,2451
2007,1181
2008,948
2009,1492
2010,999
2011,709
2012,232
2013,10
   

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Till date, 45,716 meteors have been recorded to have hit earth. Of which only 1,107 have been seen falling. From the map above you notice that some countries seem to have more than their share of meteorites and you may have to look up so that you wont get hit by one ;)

Meteorite Count per Country vs Meteorite Mass

Footnote: The scatterplot contains only data that had coordinates. Quite a bit of the original dataset did not have coordinates or had bad coordinates. Also I had to leave out Antarctica out of the scatterplot because it was skewing the data.