It seems like something or someone up there intends to ruin the November election day from the USA. An asteroid will approach Earth very close on that important day for the Americans. The famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the scientists who are raising awareness about the asteroid. He is well-known for being involved in various scientific efforts, as he’s also a cosmologist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator.
2018VP1 is the asteroid’s name, and it’s marching towards Earth at an incredible speed of 25,000 miles per hour. There’s a chance that the space rock will pay us an unwanted visit on Nov. 2.
The size of a cooker stove
2018VP1 is only the size of a cooker stove, which means that chances are close to zero that it will make it through our atmosphere in one piece. Air friction is a serious issue for asteroids at such tremendous speeds like the 2018VP1 asteroid is capable of. Besides, here’s what Neil deGrasse Tyson declared:
Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 40,000 km/hr.
It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov 2, the day before the Presidential Election.
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 also confirms that the asteroid is too tiny to be able to pose any threat to our planet: the space rock measures only 6.5 feet. According to the same source, 2018VP1 has only 0.41% chance of entering the Earth’s atmosphere. If it does, it will still disintegrate itself due to air friction.
There you have it: in case you’re disappointed, we’ll have to count on some other major event to get the job done and end the world. However, such a scenario would still grant humanity the chance to save the Earth.