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, which will allow us to refine the predictions. I advise you not to panic just yet, because this asteroid is very small, about 2 metres (7 ft) diameter. This makes it very difficult to detect with earth-based telescopes and detectors. “Asteroid 2018VP1” orbits the Sun once every 2 years, and spends months or years out of sight, only to appear at the last moment. Asteroid 2018VP1 was last observed in November 2018.
Where is Asteroid 2018 VP1 now?Space in 3D Web App
Currently 2018VP1 is --,---,--- (--,---,---) from earth, racing through the solar system at --,--- (--,---, --). It is 19,324,670 (12,007,793) from the spot where it will rendezvous from earth in 2020. It is getting - (-) closer to earth every second.
Since midnight last night it got 163,000 km (101,000 mi) closer to us. Since you started looking at this page it is 0 km (0 mi) closer.
Asteroid 2018 VP1 was first observed on November 3rd, 2018, it’s a small asteroid with a diameter ranging between 2 to 4 meters, which is roughly the size of a car, it was classified under the “Apollo-class Asteroid” which is a class of asteroids whose orbits cross Earth’s orbit.
Will it hit or miss Earth?
The next close approach of “Asteroid 2018 VP1” by Earth will be on November 2nd, 2020 with a velocity of 9.711 Kilometers/second! Different models have estimated the closest distance between the asteroid and Earth and the closest of these estimations is a distance that is as close as 419,130 kilometers from the Earth. To put this number in perspective, “Asteroid 2018 VP1” is farther out than the Moon which is only 384,400 kilometers away from Earth. Other models come to about 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 interesting piece of space material.
Photo Credit and other: NASA, ESO/S. Brunier