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Asteroid to hit Earth on day before US election ?


Posted on Monday, 24 August, 2020 | Comment icon 20 comments

What risk does the asteroid pose ? Image Credit: Susan Sterner
Rumors have been circulating about an asteroid strike on November 2nd, but just how worried should we be ?
According to reports, an asteroid known as 2018VP1 will strike the Earth one day before the US election - and while the timing is certainly noteworthy, it isn't anything we need to be worrying about.

Scientists have actually been aware of this particular space rock for some time, as evidenced by the "2018" in its name. On November 2nd, it will come very close to the Earth, relatively speaking, at a distance of around 4,994 kilometers - which also means that there's a chance it could hit us.
Those concerned about such an impact however needn't be - there is a mere 1 in 240 chance that it will actually strike the Earth and at a mere 6.5ft across, it poses no threat to our planet.

In all likelihood, it will simply burn up in the atmosphere before reaching the ground.



Source: Science Alert | Comments (20)


Tags: Asteroid


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 1 September, 2020, 19:23
What's strange? Objects this small pass close to Earth regularly. Source: NASA The only unusual thing about this asteroid is that there is a small chance of hitting the Earth... noticing such objects before they hit is rare.
Comment icon #12 Posted by docyabut2 on 7 September, 2020, 22:51
could be like when Russia had .a meter that broke windows https://abcnews.go.com/International/meteor-blast-injury-toll-russia-tops-1200/story?id=18510055 More than 1,200 people were injured  
Comment icon #13 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 7 September, 2020, 23:48
That meteor was 66 feet across, more than 10 times larger than 2018VP1. 2018VP1 is far too small to cause the kind of damage experienced at Chelyabinsk.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 7 September, 2020, 23:50
I'm here because this is science section of the site. If you understood science you would realise that it is fact based, not opinion based. I am here to bring facts to counter ill-informed opinions. In science not all opinions are equal.   
Comment icon #15 Posted by XenoFish on 8 September, 2020, 0:12
Wouldn't most of it burn up on entry?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hammerclaw on 8 September, 2020, 2:53
The only thing unusual about this particular object, is we know it's coming. https://cosmosmagazine.com/space/earth-hit-by-17-meteors-a-day
Comment icon #17 Posted by docyabut2 on 8 September, 2020, 12:59
https://www.foxnews.com/science/asteroid-wider-two-football-fields-fly-past-earth-next-week
Comment icon #18 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic on 9 September, 2020, 3:55
The forum part of the science section. And this is still a non story as time will demonstrate. Wonder how your facts got you to a point where you think it will be a story? Let's see how many news outlets pick up on this so called story. I will put November 3rd in my calendar and be sure to check. Must go, gotta yawn.
Comment icon #19 Posted by DingoLingo on 9 September, 2020, 6:01
He's here because he knows the science stuff your name seems a bit of a contradiction  seems a bit closed minded to me
Comment icon #20 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic on 9 September, 2020, 15:15
Oh dear 


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