There could be the possibility of an asteroid zooming toward Earth in addition to the variety of major events this year, including the coronavirus pandemic. I mean, what else did you expect from 2020?
The asteroid, which was first identified at Palomar Observatory, California, in 2018, is not considered hazardous.
“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,” NASA Asteroid Watch said on Twitter. It will most likely break apart into 3 pieces upon entry of Earth’s atmosphere.
NASA concluded that “based on 21 observations spanning 12.968 days,” the asteroid is almost sure to not have a deep impact on Earth.
“Close approaches by small objects of this size are not rare, and even if something of this size were to impact, the object would not likely survive the Earth’s atmosphere,” Donald Yeomans, a senior researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, told the New York Times.
An asteroid flew just 1,830 miles over the southern Indian Ocean last week, which marks the closest nonimpacting asteroid that has flown past Earth on record, according to NASA.
“It’s really cool to see a small asteroid come by this close, because we can see the Earth’s gravity dramatically bend its trajectory,” Paul Chodas, director of Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), said.
“Our calculations show that this asteroid got turned by 45 degrees or so as it swung by our planet,” he added.
The vast majority of Near Earth Asteroids, or NEAs pass by safely at much greater distances—usually much farther away than the Moon.
The first image of this record-setting space rock, asteroid 2020 QG, was taken by a NASA-funded facility six hours after the closest point of approach as the asteroid was heading away from Earth.
The SUV-sized asteroid was discovered by two students of IIT-Bombay, hailing from Pune and Haryana.
The students are Kunal Deshmukh and Kritti Sharma—working on a research project to hunt for Near Earth Asteroids—who discovered the celestial object just hours later using data from the robotic Zwicky Transient Facility, (ZTF), California.
We shall see what happens. Hopefully it lands on Trump 😂.
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