Well, 2020 continues to give us challenges and unexpected events.
Amid campaign season and a global outbreak, NASA reported that there could be an asteroid projected to head towards Earth a day before the November 3 election.
CNN reported that an asteroid, called 2018VP1, is projected to come close to Earth on November 2. The Center for Near-Earth Objects Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said it was first found at Palomar Observatory in California in 2018.
Luckily humans on Earth have nothing to worry about, and NASA reported that people shouldn’t be scared.
“Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approximately 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth. If it were to enter our planet’s atmosphere, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size,” NASA said in a statement. “NASA has been directed by Congress to discover 90% of the near-Earth asteroids larger than 140 meters (459 feet) in size and reports on asteroids of any size.”
NASA says that “based on 21 observations spanning 12.968 days,” the asteroid will probably not have an impact. Data shows that the change of it hitting us is just 0.41%.
NASA tweeted, “Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approx. 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth! It currently has a 0.41% chance of entering our planet’s atmosphere, but if it did, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size.”