• Question: Is there a chance of the earth splitting in half one day?

    Asked by Samuel ORL Ford to Rebecca, Iain, Hayley on 24 Jun 2015.
    • Photo: Iain Bethune

      Iain Bethune answered on 24 Jun 2015:

      Really unlikely – all of the things that might hit us that would be big enough to split the Earth in half are all in stable orbits around the Sun i.e. the other planets. There are plenty of things which would be big enough to wipe out the human race (comets, asteroids) though!