Neil deGrasse Tyson posts about asteroid projected to 'buzz-cut' Earth before Election Day

October 19, 2020

As if 2020 couldn't get any worse...

Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Instagram on Saturday to inform his following about an asteroid that's projected to hit Earth the day before Election Day, on November 2.

"Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized space rock, is hurtling towards us at more than 25,000 mi/hr," Tyson wrote. But he goes on to say that the damage will be minimal, and the asteroid is not big enough to cause any harm.

"It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the Presidential Election," he writes. "But it's not big enough to cause harm. So if the World ends in 2020, it won't be the fault of the universe."

Many users took to the comments section with their playful quips, one writing, "Jupiter did not do its job. Karen wants to speak to the universe manager."

Another wrote, "I'll be rooting for the asteroid."

NASA had previously confirmed that this asteroid would be hurdling towards Earth right around Election Day back in August, stating, "Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approximately 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth. If it were to enter our planet’s atmosphere, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size."

NASA continued in their statement, "NASA has been directed by Congress to discover 90% of the near-Earth asteroids larger than 140 meters (459 feet) in size and reports on asteroids of any size.”

NASA says that “based on 21 observations spanning 12.968 days,” the asteroid will probably not have an impact. Data shows that the change of it hitting us is just 0.41%.

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