Is Asteroid 2018VP1 hitting Earth on November 2? NASA explains dangers attached to it
New Delhi : Amid reports that Asteroid 2018VP1 is approaching Earth, the people are feared and asking questions if the asteroid is going to hit our planet on November 2? Well, the good news is that the only major event happening around that date is US Presidential Elections.
Most of the claims made about Asteroid 2018VP1 are based upon half information. The year 2020 may have brought upon a number of tragedies and revelations but the Earth getting hit by an asteroid is not going be one of those incidents.
Possibility of Asteroid 2018VP1 hitting earth
Tagged as dangerous asteroid, 2018VP1 is not actually that dangerous for our planet. According to the scientists, even if it manages to break into Earth's atmosphere without disintegrating, the chances of it hitting the Earth have been deemed by NASA to have only a 0.41 per cent chance of firstly entering the Earth's atmosphere and secondly due to its disintegration because of its smaller size.
NASA asteroid watch's official Twitter account had shared the details about it back in August writing - ''Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approx. 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth. It currently has a 0.41% chance of entering our planet’s atmosphere, but if it did, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size.''
One more thing that must be noted here is that the asteroid is very small and is of only 6.5 feet, contrary to the size claimed in many social media posts, and going by the history even bigger space debris tried to enter our atmosphere but never reached to the surface.
Besides this, NASA has been overtly committed to the tracking of asteroids in order to identify if they are a threat to the planet. However, NASA has also gone on record stating that it is difficult to track the asteroid as they move fast. Asteroids only leave a small window for NASA scientists to spot them.