Sounding almost like a take on the Armageddon or Deep Impact movies, there’s been a lot of talk about an asteroid called 2018VP1 which is expected to arrive on November 2 – the day before U.S election.
An asteroid collision would seem an almost fitting way to cap off what has been a crazy year with the Covid-19 pandemic, recession, global civil unrest, climatic disasters and a whole bunch of other stuff. That’s before you even get into U.S politics and the presidential race.
It certainly would make for a Hollywood block-buster if an asteroid was to come crashing into America a few minutes before the election was about to commence or just as the result was about to be announced.
The Asteroid in question is called 2018VP1 and it was first identified two years ago.
Refrigerator sized space rock won’t change the election
It’s been heading in our direction for some time now and at a pretty rapid speed. But the good news is that it’s very small, and highly unlikely to make contact with our planet.
So small in fact that according to renowned Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson, its only the size of a fridge.
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“Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 25,000 mi/hr,” he wrote on Instagram.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the Presidential Election. But it’s not big enough to cause harm. So if the World ends in 2020, it won’t be the fault of the Universe.”
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Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 25,000 mi/hr. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the Presidential Election. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But it’s not big enough to cause harm. So if the World ends in 2020, it won’t be the fault of the Universe.
NASA have also stated there is no threat posed by the asteroid.
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.
— NASA Asteroid Watch (@AsteroidWatch) August 23, 2020
Firstly, they say there is only a 0.41% chance of it reaching Earth’s atmosphere.
And if against all odds it did get that far, 2018VP1 would disintegrate upon entering the atmosphere.