Neil deGrasse Tyson Warns Asteroid May Hit Earth a Day Before Election

Pablo Tucker
October 20, 2020

According to renowned scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, an asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could hit Earth on the eve of the November elections, but not large enough to cause serious damage.

Tyson posted on Twitter that the rock is hurtling towards Earth at more than 25,000 miles per hour. The rock orbits the sun every 2 years and its next closest approach to Earth will be on November 2 at roughly 4,994 kilometers, which is pretty close in space terms.

It stated that Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small which is approximately 6.5 feet, and it poses no threat to Earth.

Popular scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson says a small asteroid could collide with the Earth one day before election day in November.

NASA has already identified the asteroid and says it has less than a one-percent chance to crack the Earth's atmosphere. He then jokingly added that if the world somehow was going to end in 2020, it is not going to be the fault of the Universe.

"It at present has a zero.41% likelihood of getting into our planet's environment, but when it did, it will disintegrate as a outcome of its extraordinarily small dimension", the space agency said.

NASA has been tracking the asteroid since it was discovered in 2018 by the Zwicky Transient Facility at Palomar Observatory in California.

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