Asteroid to make near-Earth approach one day before election

Cutting it close! THREE asteroids inbound this week were only spotted THIS MONTH, NASA reveals

There are "hundreds of millions of small asteroids the size of 2020 QG, but they are extremely hard to discover until they get very close to Earth".

NASA was extremely quick to respond to the breathless headlines, clearly stating that, though there is a very slight chance it'll "hit Earth" on November 2 2020, the day before the USA presidential election, 2018VP1 is only two meters in diameter so will likely burn up in the Earth's atmosphere if it does stray too close.

Headlines abound this week about an asteroid heading toward Earth at perhaps the most opportune time during a awful year: November 2nd, the day before the presidential election. This distance will only pass by Earth's proximity, and the probability of the asteroid to collide or enter the planet's atmosphere is at 0.41 percent or 1 in 240 chances.

A 6 1/2-foot asteroid is going to hurl near Earth on the day before the election November 2, according to the Center for Near Earth Objects Studies at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently discovered that an asteroid would pass near the Earth's proximity a day before the 2020 Presidential Elections.

Paul Chodas, a director at CNEOS, said: "It's really cool to see a small asteroid come by this close, because we can see the Earth's gravity dramatically bend its trajectory". NASA Asteroid Watch said in a tweet. Space rocks smaller than about 25 meters (about 82 feet) will most likely burn up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere and cause little or no damage. This Asteroid is not considered a "potentially dangerous" near-Earth object (NEO), At 6.5 feet in diameter.

This chart shows how data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has led to revisions in the estimated population of near-Earth asteroids.

NASA unveiled a 20-page plan in 2018 that details the steps the USA should take to prepare NEOs, such as asteroids and comets that come within 30 million miles of the planet.

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