Two Asteroids Will Closely Buzz By Earth This Week
An asteroid closely buzzing by earth the day before Election Day, and another the next day? Yup. What else would you expect from 2020?
NASA says the 6.5 foot asteroid, 2018 VP1, poses no threat to earth. According to Space.com, the asteroid will pass by earth at about 260,000 miles on Nov. 2. NASA says the chance of 2018 VP1 impacting earth is .41%. Even if it were to be on a collision course with our planet, it would likely burn up in the atmosphere due to its small size.
On Election day a much larger asteroid, 2020 HF4, will pass by earth. However this fly-by will be by a much farther margin. Estimates have 2020 HF4 passing about 16 times the distance of the moon.