Asteroid Could Slam Into Earth The Day Before Election Day
Oct 23 2020
The famed astrophysicist said the space rock is rocketing towards Earth at a speed of 40,234 km/ph and may clip the planet on November 2.
The news about the asteroid was first reported back in August but since the election is fastly approaching now, people have taken to social media to share their comments and reactions. According to NASA's Center for Earth Object Studies, many objects regularly pass through Earth, with near objects being anything within 4.6 million miles of the planet.
It stated that Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small which is approximately 6.5 feet, and it poses no threat to Earth.
But the good news is, he noted the asteroid is far too small to spell the end of mankind just yet.
"It now has a 0.41% chance of entering our planet's atmosphere, but if it does, it will decompose due to its tiny size". A representative from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory told CBS News: "The asteroid may look daunting, but it will pass Earth at a safe distance".
Neil, who studied at Harvard University, received the Stephen Hawking Science Medal in 2017.
Astroid 2018VP1 is about the size of a refrigerator and is hurtling towards the Earth at 400 km/h, according to Tyson.
But the celebrity astrophysicist has said it "won't be the fault of the universe" if the world ends in 2020 - the asteroid is roughly the size of a fridge, and "not big enough to cause harm".
A Twitter user disagreed with Neil, saying, "Technically everything is the fault of the Universe, Neil".