AN ASTEROID is heading for Earth at an estimated 21,300mph — the evening earlier than the hotly contested US presidential election.
The area rock, often called 2018VP1, has a one in 240 likelihood of placing on November 2, in keeping with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at a dinner and dialog throughout “The Man Who Knew Infinity” New York Screening[/caption]
VP1 has been on the radar since November 2018 when it was first noticed by the Paloma Observatory in California[/caption]
The rock is seven ft in diameter and NASA estimates that it weighs about 35,273lbs.
The famed astrophysicist posted a photograph of the large rock hurtling towards Earth, with the caption, “asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space-rock, is hurtling in the direction of us at greater than 25,000 mi/hr.”
Neil, who hosts the brand new Fox present, “Cosmos: Doable Worlds” added: “It might buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2, the day earlier than the Presidential Election. However it’s not sufficiently big to trigger hurt.
“So if the World ends in 2020, it gained’t be the fault of the Universe.”
VP1 has been on the radar since November 2018 when it was first noticed by the Paloma Observatory in California.
However earlier than you hunker down in your bunker, NASA says the possibilities of it hitting Earth is about one in 240, or 0.41 per cent.
Ought to it hit earth it could launch an estimated 0.42 kilotons of vitality.
That’s is 7,500 occasions smaller than the meteor that was believed to have killed the dinosaurs.
The asteroid will doubtless come as shut as between 4,700 miles and 260,000 miles of Earth, in keeping with
There are three potential impacts, however none are anticipated to be disastrous primarily based off 21 observations over 13 days.
If it have been to hit the environment, the asteroid is so small that it could solely look actually shiny earlier than breaking apart into tiny piece.
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For the previous 290 million years, giant asteroids have been crashing into Earth greater than twice as typically as they did within the earlier 700 million years, in keeping with a 2019 research within the journal Science.
Asteroids nonetheless solely hit Earth on common each million or few million years, even with the elevated crash price.
NASA’s checklist of potential main crashes exhibits no pending main threats.
Ought to it hit earth it could launch an estimated 0.42 kilotons of vitality[/caption]