NASA is tracking asteroids with a potential Earth impact and just found one

A speedy asteroid could crash into Earth at more than 21,300mph in November 2020, NASA said. It estimates the odds of an impact are about one in 240.

The rocky body dubbed Asteroid 2018 VP1 is an Apollo-type Near-Earth Object hurtling around the Sun. After November 2, 2020, the asteroid threatens to strike Earth twice on November 2, 2025. NASA estimates the rock weighs around 35,273 pounds or 16,000kg. The force of impact with the asteroid would release approximately 0.00042 megatons of energy (0.42 kilotons). Fortunatelly, the asteroid is too small to cause any considerable damage. But other asteroids are in their way. The space agency is now maintaining a database known as Sentry, and it provides details about all asteroids that apparently pose a threat to the existence of humanity.

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Several top space experts including popular American physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had previously warned that the end of the earth could happen due to a deadly asteroid hit that may happen in the future. In order to protect the planet from possible asteroid hits, NASA, in collaboration with private space companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX is busy developing a planetary defense weapon aimed at changing the trajectory of approaching space bodies.