An Asteroid Has A Slim Chance Of Entering The Earth's Atmosphere On November 2

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An asteroid named 2018VP1 has a 0.41% likelihood of entering Earth's atmosphere.

"Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approximately 6.5 feet, and poses no threat to Earth," a NASA representative reported. "If it were to enter our planet's atmosphere, it would disintegrate due to its extremely small size."

It is likely that the asteroid will only come within 4,800 to 260,000 miles of our atmosphere, NASA data shows. (International Space Station sits about 254 miles away.)

Asteroids this size are hard to see, in fact one named 2020 QG passed just 1,830 miles above the Indian Ocean last week.

In 2005, NASA was directed by Congress to discover 90% of potentially dangerous asteroids larger than 459 feet in size by the end of 2020.

"It's quite an accomplishment to find these tiny close-in asteroids in the first place, because they pass by so fast," said Paul Chodas, the director of the Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

"There's typically only a short window of a couple of days before or after close approach when this small of an asteroid is close enough to Earth to be bright enough but not so close that it moves too fast in the sky to be detected by a telescope," he said.

"It seems like 2020 just won't let up," the Milwaukee-based Fox 6 Now wrote on Twitter.

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