NASA: Asteroid headed toward Earth before November election

NASA reported Saturday that an asteroid is headed toward Earth one day before U.S. Election Day this year, though the chances of an impact are less than 1 percent.

Scientists labeled the asteroid 2018VP1, and data reveals its diameter is 0.002 kilometers, or about 6.5 feet, CNN reported.

The celestial object was first discovered at the Palomar Observatory in California in 2018.

NASA data revealed there are three potential impacts, but based on 21 observations over the course of 12.968 days, it determined the chance of impact is 0.41 percent.

The space rock will pass Earth on Nov. 2, on the the eve of Election Day in the United States.

NASA reached back to The Hill, confirming the asteroid expected to pass Earth later this year poses no threat to Earth.

“If it were to enter our planet’s atmosphere, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size,” a spokesperson said. “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.”

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