You can now add a potential asteroid strike to your 2020 apocalypse bingo card.
According to NASA JPL’s Center for Near Objects Studies, an asteroid is projected to fly past Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the U.S. presidential election.
The 6.5 feet in diameter asteroid is not considered dangerous but scientists are keeping a close eye on it considering it has a .41 percent of hitting the Earth.
NEW: NASA predicts an asteroid will pass close to Earth the day before the election
— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) August 22, 2020
Its diameter is 0.002 km, or about 6.5 feet, according to NASA’s data. It was first identified at Palomar Observatory in California in 2018.
NASA says there are three potential impacts, but “based on 21 observations spanning 12.968 days,” the agency has determined the asteroid probably — phew! — won’t have a deep impact, let alone bring Armageddon.
The chance of it hitting us is just 0.41%, data show.
Of course, people on the Internet immediately had to crack jokes about the asteroid.
It’s 2020 so an asteroid is headed toward Earth on the day before the election. NASA says the chance of it actually impacting Earth is 0.41%, so you can pretty much count on it. pic.twitter.com/7KkZOBrYd7
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) August 22, 2020
it should hit, humanity was a mistake https://t.co/6qAELgvXZA
— TheSweatySenpai (@TheSweatySenpai) August 23, 2020
Turns out the asteroid is traveling priority mail so it won’t get here until three weeks after the vote. https://t.co/crurxrDcug
— hend amry (@LibyaLiberty) August 22, 2020
I almost forgot it was 2020 for a second. https://t.co/3pjk278NNP
— The Kate Awakening (@kate_awakening) August 22, 2020
Are Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck still free? 🤔 https://t.co/vbs77rERxU
— Jacqui -Stay Strong Victoria. Wear A Mask.😷 (@Jacqui_31) August 23, 2020
"Armageddon" 2020 reboot – a plucky bunch of oil drillers are sent to the asteroid to see if they can make sure it hits the earth https://t.co/Y9KEuDrBFW
— Greg Jericho (@GrogsGamut) August 23, 2020