In August, scientists warned us of the fact that a flying space object is headed straight towards Earth, potentially colliding with the planet on Election Day.
To be clear, the 2018 VP1 asteroid is only 7 feet in diameter and it has a one in 250 chance of actually reaching Earth.
Even if it did reach Earth, it likely wouldn’t exist, in principle, in all ways to impact. According to Michael Narlock, head of astronomy at the Cranbrook Academy of Sciences, it has the ability to break apart and turn into lightning. We had one of them in January 2018.
The 2018 Bolide in Michigan was actually recorded as an earthquake and could have been the cause of the Wayne County fire. But it didn’t do any great damage.
So anyway, it’s Election Day – where are asteroids?
It seems asteroids flew by Earth, survived and kept going.
Planetary astronomer Michael Busch tweeted an update on Monday, 2018 VP1, reporting “Clearly there is nothing on today’s infrasound and atmospheric flash screens”.
“As expected, VP1 2018 flew over the Earth,” Busch said.
There are also no reports of acceleration anywhere, so VP1 2018 is probably just over space, alone. Watch out, Venus!
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