Space

‘Refrigerator-sized’ asteroid may ‘buzz-cut’ Earth day before election

An asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could strike the Earth the day before the November election, according to celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson — but it’s not large enough to do any serious damage. 

The famed astrophysicist said the space rock, known as 2018VP1, is hurtling towards Earth at a speed of 25,000 miles per hour and may clip the planet on Nov. 2.

“It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the Presidential Election,” he wrote on Instagram.

But he added that the flying object is nothing to lose sleep over since “it’s not big enough to cause harm.”⠀⠀⠀ NASA has previously said it has a 0.41% chance of entering our atmosphere. 

“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,” the space agency said.

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/us/astrophysi…

Source: https://nypost.com/2020/10/18/neil-de…

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n…

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