But it has been given a 99.988 percent chance of missing Earth completely. "If anything hit the ground, it would be extremely small; a fleck of rock or speck of sand".
Donald Yeomans, a senior researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told The New York Times: "Close approaches by small objects of this size are not rare, and even if something of this size were to impact, the object would not likely survive the Earth's atmosphere".
Asteroid 2018 VP1 is expected to come within 3,000 miles from Earth on November 2, the day before Election Day in the United States.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently discovered that an asteroid would pass near the Earth's proximity a day before the 2020 Presidential Elections.
To put the danger in context, the Chelyabinsk meteor which exploded above Russian Federation in February 2013 was just 18 meters in diameter, proving that it doesn't take much for a meteorite or asteroid to cause a vast amount of destruction.
Forbes, on the other hand, opposes these speculations and is clarifying that NASA scientists are not concerned with the asteroid's arrival.
This chart shows how data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has led to revisions in the estimated population of near-Earth asteroids. On Aug 16, an asteroid of comparable size, 2020 QG, ended up being the closest area rock ever recorded to fly past Earth NASA was not able to see it, as it flew past the Earth from the sun's direction. And, in most cases, it said, that occurs with, sometimes, only several days' notice of one coming by.
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.
Anyway, potentially hazardous objects are by definition significantly bigger and pose a real regional threat if they strike the planet. Only once every few million years, an object large enough to threaten Earth's civilization comes along.