CNN people always use this image to illustrate articles about close asteroid approach to Earth. I think that no space rock that size would retain its integrity all the way down. The tidal effects would rip it apart before the collision. I also think that the plunge would release energy enough to blind any view at the moment of the impact. A hypothetical astronaut photographing the scene would rather see a blinding fire ball, instead of a neat panorama. The artist apparently doesn't make the slightest idea of the amount of energy output in such collision.
Not to mention that a rock that size would turn Earth into something like the planet Krypton: Fragmented into pieces. It would be the birth of an inner asteroid belt, between the orbits of Venus and Mars.
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