This asteroid holds the third spot on the European Space Agency (ESA) Near Earth Asteroid Risk List. It has a high change of impacting the earth at 0.4%. In 2020 the rock of space will impact or make a pass of earth, that will allow us to refine the predictions. Because this asteroid is so small, about 2 metres (7 ft) diameter, it is very difficult to detect with earth-based telescopes and detectors. It spends months or years out of sight, only to appear at the last moment. If we are lucky the asteroid makes a close approach to earth when both orbits (the asteroid's and earth's) align, so that we can do a period of measurements that allow us to chart the asteroid's track with precision. Asteroid 2018VP1 was last observed in November 2018.
Where is Asteroid 2018 VP1 now?Space in 3D Web App
Currently 2018VP1 is 247,045,941 (165,045,941) from earth, racing through the solar system at 27.5 km (17.2 mi). It is 19,324,670 (12,007,793) from the spot where it will rendezvous from earth in 2020. It is getting 27.5 km (17.2 mi) closer to earth every second.
Since midnight last night it got 531,068 km (331,917 mi) closer Since you started looking at this page it got 0 km (0 mi) closer
Will it hit or miss Earth?
The exciting period comes in 2020, when the asteroid will hit or pass very close to earth according to the current calculations. It's predicted to come about as close as the moon. Different models come at a distance of 400,000-1,000,000 km. Asteroid 2018 VP1 may be influenced by gravitational forces of the Earth and the Moon.
All telescopes on earth will be aimed at 2018VP1, on November 2nd, 2020 to get precise tracking of this dangerous piece of space material.
Photo Credit and other: NASA, ESO/S. Brunier