A recent discovery of a speedy asteroid is rushing around the Sun on a trajectory harming three possible crashes soon, worries NASA. Scientists from the Space Agency approximates the earliest period on which the asteroid could smash is on November 2, 2020.
The asteroid, called Asteroid 2018 VP1, is an Appolo-version Near Object, measuring 6.57ft, and it weighs around 35.273 pounds. Also, the space object is caught in the inner solar system and passes Earth’s orbit like Asteroid 1862 Appolo.
NASA stated: “Some asteroid and comets follow orbital paths that take them much closer to the Sun and therefore Earth-than usual.” Many of these types of asteroids are entitled “potentially hazardous” since they have little chance of smashing our planet soon.
NASA Tracks an Asteroid That Might Hit Earth in 2020
The Asteroid VP1 has a small chance of changing its trajectory from its orbit on two periods. After November 2020, the space object harms to crash Earth twice in November 2025. Is such a thing would happen, NASA approximates the asteroid will hit Earth at speeds of almost 9.53km per second.
Asteroid VP1 will then quickly increase its speed in the atmosphere to approximately 14.66km per second. Moreover, the impact with the space object would launch almost 0.00042 megatons of energy. The damages, however, and the possibility of such an event are too small, and NASA estimates the odds of an impact to be about one in 240. But if the odds prove to be wrong, the asteroid will immediately disintegrate in the atmosphere.
NASA added” “If a rocky meteoroid larger than 25m but smaller than one kilometer-a little more than half-a-mile-were to hit Earth, it would likely cause local damage to the impact area. We believe anything larger than one to two kilometers-one kilometer is a little more than one-half mile-could have worldwide effects.”
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