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An Asteroid has Earth Near Its Path Close to the Election

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The Asteroid is Coming

So, we have an asteroid on a path that could make an impact on earth. As if politics in the United States wasn't entertaining enough. The asteroid that is due to pass earth on November 2cd 2020 could be a distraction to one of the most politically charged weeks in American history.

On November 3rd we're finally going to find out if President Trump will win reelection. With this asteroid coming close, perhaps it will be a distraction to voters and onlookers.

The Asteroid 2018VP1

The asteroid that will soon cross paths with earth was named 2018VP1 just two years ago. With this asteroid's size being said to be the size of a refrigerator, its been hard to track and hasn't been brought up since it's discovery.

2018VP1 is an Apollo asteroid (near earth asteroid). This group of asteroids contains some that could be potentially hazardous to earth if a collision were to occur. The sizes of these asteroid are generally less than 10km in size.

The Apollo Asteroids

Neil deGrasse Tyson Tweet about 2018VP1

Neil deGrasse Tyson brought some public awareness about 2018VP1 in a tweet made on October 17th 2020. Shown below, the tweet reads "Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 40,000 km/hr." The tweet also states that "it's not big enough to cause harm."

The key take-a-way is that no harm can be done. Let's hope so!

Likeliness of Impact

The likeliness that 2018VP1 will impact earth is slim with a .41% chance. This percent may seem miniscule but there is still a chance that this object could hit. The feeling will get stronger after watching the trajectory video posted below.

2018VP1 Trajectory Video

Even if the asteroid makes an impact, the speed that the asteroid will be traveling at will create an explosion in the atmosphere that will be visible but should not be any cause for an alarm. This explosion should be visible to the human eye so stay tuned to the news to find out if your area will be able to view the impact.

References

Tyson, N. (2020, October 18). Tweet. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://twitter.com/neiltyson/status/1317639297701498880

Swinburne University of Technology. (n.d.). Apollo Asteroids. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://astronomy.swin.edu.au/cosmos/A/Apollo+Asteroids

VideoFromSpace. (Director). (2020, October 19). Asteroid has 99.59% chance of NOT hitting Earth day before Election Day [Video file]. Retrieved October 20, 2020, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtv7jRe4WL8

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 James Smith

Comments

James Smith (author) from United States on October 20, 2020:

I really hope that we find a way to blow these asteroids up before sending people to Mars.

Danny from India on October 20, 2020:

Yes 2020 is really a year of surprises.

James Smith (author) from United States on October 20, 2020:

2020 is full of surprises!

Ashutosh Joshi from New Delhi, India on October 20, 2020:

I wonder what more would we see or hear in these penultimate moments. On a lighter note though, if this was an Indian election, we would have already begun shooting Armageddon 2.0.