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Asteroid Coming Our Way on Election Eve, but You Can Ignore It

An asteroid headed in Earth's direction and is set to come close on November 2, only one day before the US presidential elections.

It has a.41 per cent chance of hitting, data reports.

2018VP1 was first spotted by the boffins over at Palomar Observatory in California in - you've guessed it - 2018 and it measures in at a puny 0.002 kilometres (just 6.5 feet), according to NASA. So nothing near the size of the planet killers featured in Michael Bay's Armageddon or Mimi Leder's Deep Impact.

An asteroid - known as 2018 VP1 - is headed straight to Earth, just a day before the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Last week, on August 16, an SUV-size space rock ("2020 QG") flew past our planet, per NASA.

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They also have to be passing by in an orbit close enough to have a chance of hitting.

Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Although it was slightly bigger than 2018VP1 at 10 to 20 feet, it still would have burned up and become a bright fireball in the sky if it had entered the atmosphere. That makes it the closest non-impacting asteroid that has flown past Earth on record, according to NASA.

Because it's so close, there's a slight chance (1 in 240 or 0.41 percent) that it'll hit Earth on the day before the USA election on November 2nd.

Forbes, on the other hand, opposes these speculations and is clarifying that NASA scientists are not concerned with the asteroid's arrival. And, in most cases, it said, that occurs with, sometimes, only several days' notice of one coming by. Telescope observations estimate the asteroid had a diameter of about three to six meters, making it somewhere between the size of a auto and a pickup truck. However, this is a small asteroid with an even smaller chance of causing any damage to our planet.

"Asteroid 2018VP1 is a "large boulder the size of a small boulder" as the meme goes", Springmann said, "so this asteroid is not going to ruin anyone's day".



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