FAST FIVE: Why Are So Many Asteroids Having Close-Calls With Earth In 2020?
That's much closer than the moon and is actually closer than some of our weather satellites.
The good news is that neither of them have a chance of hitting us this time around, but the fact that the Earth's neighborhood has so much “traffic” these days is a major concern.
Scientists say that it is not likely that this asteroid will hit us, but they admit that they cannot claim this with 100 percent certainty- And that's why the future of 2018 VP₁ is uncertain.
“The asteroid approached undetected from the direction of the sun,” Paul Chodas, the director of NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies, told Business Insider.
Of course more giant space rocks are being discovered all the time, and unfortunately many of them are not identified until after they have had a close encounter with our planet.