Q: What would it be like if another planet just barely missed colliding with the Earth?
Rather than crushing together like lumps of clay, Earth and Htrae would “splash” off of each other. A near miss is a lot less flashy, but you really wouldn’t want to be around for that either. You may be standing on the surface of Earth, but most of it is still a long way away (about 4,000 miles on average). Even a near miss, with the planets never quite coming into contact, does a colossal amount of damage. All of the damage and scrambling that Earth and Htrae did do each other took energy.