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1402, 22 Aug 20

Asteroid Might Hit Earth

The likelihood of this asteroid hitting earth is roughly the same likelihood of someone under the age of 70 dying of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

Amid a pandemiccivil unrest and a divisive US election season, we now have an asteroid zooming toward us.
On the day before the presidential vote, no less.
Yep. The celestial object known as 2018VP1 is projected to come close to Earth on November 2, according to the Center for Near Earth Objects Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Its diameter is 0.002 km, or about 6.5 feet, according to NASA’s data. It was first identified at Palomar Observatory in California in 2018.
NASA says there are three potential impacts, but “based on 21 observations spanning 12.968 days,” the agency has determined the asteroid probably — phew! — won’t have a direct impact, let alone bring Armageddon.
The chance of it hitting us is just 0.41%, data show.

1402, 22 August 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    I suggest we name asteroid “Biden/Harris 2020”.

  2. steveegg

    If it does enter the atmosphere, it most likely will break up before hitting the ground (or water).

    I was hoping for a 6.5-mile-wide asteroid.

  3. Mar

    Watch jjf and Le Roi run into their bomb shelters to survive the meteorite.

  4. jjf

    Yes, Steveegg, thank you, it’s rather small.

  5. Le Roi du Nord

    Sorry mar, no bomb shelter here. If that hunk of the universe is going to hit in my viewing area I’m going to watch. If I get fried, what a way to go!!

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