An asteroid is due to pass extremely close to Earth, just ahead ofin November. But there’s no reason to worry — NASA says this space rock poses no risk to our planet.
Asteroid 2018 VP1 will zoom past Earth on November 2, one day before Americans vote for the next president. In a year where unpredictable disasters have seemingly become routine, NASA is working hard to calm fears of a potential collision.
According to the space agency, even if this asteroid did hit Earth’s atmosphere, it would be too small to do any damage.
“Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approx. 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth!,” NASA Asteroid Watch tweeted Sunday. “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.”