In 2003, the “Dinosaur Killer” asteroid crater was imaged for the first time (see National Geographic News, March 7, 2003). The crater is believed to be 100 km in radius and 1 km deep. What was the kinetic energy of the asteroid that made that crater? Express your answer in joules and in megatons (1 MT = 4 · 10 J).

How much total time is spent listening to graduation speeches in the U.S. each year?

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For more Fermi questions and answers, see Guesstimation 2.0: Solving Today’s Problems on the Back of a Napkin, by Lawrence Weinstein (Princeton University Press, 2012).

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