In his inaugural post, PVL Summer Undergraduate Michael Tabascio takes a look at a most unusual crater that appears in popular culture, on the map of the game "fortnite" as pictured above. As frequent readers of this space will appreciate, I think it's absolutely critical to bring the public along for the ride that is planetary exploration. As such, depictions of planetary processes like these offer a unique opportunity to connect our work with that public experience and to deepen the appreciation of both perspectives.
By Michael Tabascio
Fortnite is a hunger games style third person shooter has taken the world by storm, with the objective to be the last one alive by eliminating your opponents. It can be said with great assurance that Fortnite is the biggest game of the year, with the map evolving every couple months. Perhaps the most notable change came in May, when the map was struck by a meteor leaving a gigantic crater in the middle of the map. Using the dimensions of the crater, the direction and angle of the meteor, as well as the material of both the meteor and the ground beneath it, we can estimate what the size of the meteor was that hit the map.