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Asteroid “2018VP1” has a 0.41% chance of hitting Earth

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The internet has been buzzing this past week about a possible asteroid collision with Earth happening on the 2nd of November, just one day from Election Day in the United States.

The asteroid in question is named “2018VP1” and as the name suggests it’s discovery was made back in 2018 when it was 450,000 kilometres away from Earth. Nasa’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) said that the celestial body in question is not a “potentially hazardous object” due to it’s small size – around 1.9 meters in diameter.

The chances of 2018VP1 hitting Earth are 1 in 240 or 0.41 percent,but having in mind what 2020 has brought so far it seems as no one wants to take a chance with an asteroid collision happening in the foreseeable future. But despite the headlines circulating over the internet rest assured that even if the asteroid manages to enter our planet’s atmosphere it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size.

For an asteroid to be considered a potentially hazardous object it has to be at least 140 meters according to Nasa’s list.For comparison we can use the event that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, where the size of the asteroid at direct impact was at minimum of 10 kilometres after it lost some of it’s volume in the fall trough Earth’s atmosphere.So,although there is a chance that one day an asteroid will collide and destroy our planet ,at least for the present moment we should be safe and sound from any life threatening asteroids.

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