Inspiration

Looking through the NASA apis, we noticed many were related to meteors. Then we asked, "Has anyone ever gotten hit by a meteorite?" The answer is not many. In the United States, only one person has been recorded to have been hit directly by a meteorite. We sought out to discover the probability of such a rare event occurring again.

What it does

What Are The Odds allows users to search an address and view the probability of being hit by a meteorite at that location. The user is given a percent based solely on meteorite density and another percent based on mass and meteorite density. Users are able to view a map of historic meteorite crashes in the surrounding area. The website also displays the top five places most likely to be hit by meteorites.

How I built it

What Are The Odds is built on a node.js backend with an express.js framework. We used the swig templating engine to render the html. The front end was built with a bootstrap framework, css, javascript, and html. The website queried the google maps api to help present the data in a comprehensive manner.

Challenges I ran into

Our greatest challenge was implementing clustering algorithms to determine where the most common meteorite landing locations were. We decided to use the k-means clustering algorithm after advice from Chris Metcalf.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

We're proud of finishing the project with time to spare while using unfamiliar tools.

What I learned

We learned that meteors that actually hit the surface of the earth are called meteorites. Also, we learned how to use the swig templating engine along with node.js and we learned more about the google maps api.

What's next for What Are The Odds?

Expanding to include other natural phenomenon.

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