The country is held in captive by the strong grip of the COVID-19 virus. There are tropical storm warnings that could imminently disturb human life across the country. The cherry on the cake are the police shooting incidents that seem like an everyday affair. Trump is also releasing statements that he will not abandon the presidential seat, even if he loses the elections. Amid such a tense environment, NASA has announced that an asteroid may hit the United States of America a few hours before the elections. What lovely news has arrived!
NASA has broken the news that an asteroid is near, or on a trajectory that could possibly hit the United States of America on November 2, 2020 — a day before the presidential elections.
This particular asteroid is widely known as 2018VP1. According to the Center for Near Earth Objects Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the celestial object can come near the United States of America and even hit the country. The asteroid was first seen and identified by the Palomar Observatory in California in 2018.
“The asteroid, named 2018VP1, is quite small in its size, about 6.5 feet, and does not endanger the planet Earth. If the asteroid enters the atmosphere of our planet, the asteroid would disintegrate into the fine pieces,” NASA announced in a statement. “NASA is empowered and directed by the lower house of the parliament of discover the 90% of the asteroids — that are near earth — bigger in size than 140 meters and NASA has also been authorized to report on asteroids of any size.”
We have the good news, too! The good news is that the asteroid is approximately 6.5 feet in diameter. There is only a 1% chance that the asteroid will hit the country. But with the way the year 2020 is going, what are the chances that it will miss?
Last weekend, an asteroid the size of a car flew over Planet Earth. The asteroid was in close proximity, and the most astonishing part is that the scientists had not predicted or shared any information regarding the asteroid until the asteroid — also known as a space rock — could no longer be seen from Planet Earth. We managed to escape the worst last weekend, but will we be able to do the same on November 2 — a day before the presidential elections?
“The asteroid has been said to pass over the Southern Indian Ocean on Sunday at the 12.08 am EDT (9:38 pm IST). The asteroid was passing over the Southern Indian Oceans 2,950 kilometers away,” NASA revealed.
There have previously been a vast majority of the Near Earth Asteroids that pass the NEAs safely. They never tend to come close to the earth, and pass safely at a much greater distance. Usually, the asteroids travel much farther away — as far as the moon is.
NASA has said that, “depending on the 21 observations spanning over 12.968 days,” the agency has established that the asteroid will not exert any deep impact on planet Earth or USA, let alone cause the Armageddon.
The data has revealed that the chances of hitting the Earth are 0.41%.
The Space Agency has also revealed the fact that the asteroid could hit three points in the country, but no specific points have been defined and no further details have been provided by NASA.
The arrival of the news has increased the fear of the year 2020 — the unlucky number has grappled the world with the calamities and shocking news. The news of the asteroid coming closer to Earth, particularly the United States, has shocked the whole country.
Now, it is yet to be seen whether the Asteroid hits the USA before the presidential elections or not. If it hits the USA, remain assured that it will not cause any significant damage. The asteroid is small in size, and will not wreak havoc at all.
Until November 2, 2020, NASA will be updating the general public regarding the passing of the asteroid 2018VP1 actively.