Facts about the D-1 Asteroid

 

The D-1 Asteroid

The D-1 Asteroid is the size of the United States. It is traveling at 38 km/s or approximately 93,951 mph and has a density of 8000 kg/m^3 and is composed mostly of iron. It will strike the Earth at a 79 degree angle and it will impact in sedimentary rock. 


Scientists predict that the Earth will be strongly disturbed by the impact, but will lose little mass. They predict that 100 percent of the Earth will be melted and this will be an extinction level event.


Look here for technical information about the orbit of the asteroid and specifics about the collision.


The impact may make a very small change in the tilt of Earth's axis (< half a degree).


The collision may cause a change in the length of the day of up to 32 hours.


The impact does not shift the Earth's orbit noticeably.