did the cataclysmic bang effect the rotation of the Earth at all?
they say the meteor was bigger than Mt. Everest traveling 400,000 miles an hour... and had the power of 5 billion atomic bombs...
something so truly massive surly must have effected the direction of this Earth's rotation if not its course around the sun?
I'm talking about the demise of the dinosaurs
- PaulaLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
You appear to be speaking about 2 different events
The big bang was the event that started the entire universe.
The earth has been hit numerous times by objects in space.
One was the object that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago.
Another was a larger object that caused the moon to be formed during the formation of the earth probably about 4.5 billion years ago.
Every impact changes the earth's rate of rotation about its axis and its orbital period about the sun.
- ZombieLv 71 decade ago
That wasn't a meteor. It was an asteroid. (Though, yes, technically an asteroid in the atmosphere would create a very large "meteor.")
Earth has a mass of 5.98 x 10^24 kg and a mean density of 5.52 g/cm^3. Even earthquakes can slightly affect the planet's rotation, but any collision powerful enough to have a significant effect on Earth's rotation or orbital path would likely destroy the planet in the process. The measly K-T extinction trigger asteroid was likely nowhere near large enough to cause significant movement in that regard.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
No effect on the rotation rate because the object hit at a 90 degree angle. The crater on the seafloor is circular.