Do you believe in the signs? If so, a recent report from Nasa that an asteroid is heading towards Earth a day before the November 3 presidential election could alarm you. The good news is that NASA scientists have said the chance of impact is less than 1%, The hill reported.
Measured at around 6.5 feet, the asteroid was discovered in 2018 at the Palomar Observatory in California. Labeled 2018VP1, the data shows the asteroid may have three potential impacts. However, scientists said it was not a real threat, as its probability of hitting land is around 0.04%.
“If it were to enter our planet’s atmosphere, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size,” a NASA spokesperson told The Hill. “NASA has been ordered by Congress to discover 90 percent of near-Earth asteroids over 140 meters (459 feet) and reports on asteroids of all sizes.”
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Donald Yeomans, principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Corroborated the spokesperson’s statement in a New York Times report.
“Close-up approaches to small objects of this size are not uncommon, and even if something of this size were to have an impact, the object would likely not survive Earth’s atmosphere,” Yeomans told The Times in a report. -mail.
So there’s really nothing to worry about, right?
Unless you’re one of those 1 percent out there… we’re kidding… or are we?