An asteroid has a small chance of heading towards Earth on November 2, the day before the US election, according to recent reports.
Apparently, 2018VP1, which holds a two-year orbit around the sun, has already had a few close calls with Earth dating all the way back to 1970.
"Potentially hazardous" NEOs are defined as space objects that come within 0.05 astronomical units and measure more than 460 feet in diameter, according to NASA.
Over the years, scientists have suggested different ways to ward off threats of more serious impact events, such as blowing up the asteroid before it reaches Earth, or deflecting it off its Earth-bound course by hitting it with a spacecraft. But just as headlines about the murder hornets were overhyped, this asteroid is nothing to fret about - this year.
Asteroid 2018VP1 likes patterns, it seems.
"Asteroid 2018VP1 is a "large boulder the size of a small boulder" as the meme goes", Springmann said, "so this asteroid is not going to ruin anyone's day".
Exterior of the 2.1-meter telescope of the Kitt Peak National Observatory (NOAO), one of the many observatories scanning the skies for near Earth objects.
NASA has said there are three potential impacts, calculated from 21 observations taken from about 13 days, but it is not expecting a direct hit.
This is not the first time in recent memory that NASA has missed a NEO similar to 2020 QG.
Asteroids orbiting around the solar system is not uncommon.
The development comes a days after a car-sized asteroid zipping along at almost 13 kilometres per second made the closest-known flyby to Earth on record.
In fact, one dubbed 2020 QG passed the earth just 1,830 miles above the Indian Ocean last week - the closest such encounter on record - and NASA didn't even see it coming, they said.