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NASA isn’t worried about pre-election-day asteroid 2018 VP1 – CNET

Artist’s concept of a near-earth asteroid.


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It’s easy to look at the mess that has been 2020 and assume that an asteroid coming in close this year will be one more disaster to add to the pile. But it’s going to be okay, at least as far as asteroid 2018 VP1 is concerned.

Yes, the asteroid is scheduled to get uncomfortably close to Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the US elections. It may even enter our atmosphere, but it doesn’t herald doomsday.

NASA Asteroid Watch, which keeps an eye on these space rocks, tweeted some reassurances on Sunday. 

Asteroid 2018 VP1 measures roughly 6.5 feet (2 meters) in diameter. “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,” NASA said.

Asteroid 2018 VP1 is more of a space speck than a big bad harbinger of destruction. Space is a busy place and asteroids sweep past Earth all the time, including the occasional surprise asteroid that sneaks up on us

NASA has been tracking 2018 VP1 since, well, 2018. We knew it was coming back for a visit. If it does hit our atmosphere, it will be much worse for the asteroid than it will be for us.


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