Suspicion and skepticism about NASA’s announcement regarding the near passing of an asteroid
NASA recently announced the passage of a near-planet asteroid for November 2, 2020. This causes uncertainty and suspicion as they point to it happening just the day before the US presidential elections. There are those who believe that they only want to influence the elections by notifying about a possible danger to the planet the day before the elections.
However, there are those who indicate that there has already been some openness to publicize certain findings such as the Pentagon’s admission of the veracity of certain videos of unidentified flying objects, etc. so they do not doubt that the finding must be taken seriously.
Others understand that this would cause them to abstain from voting or be inclined to do so by mail.
A near-Earth asteroid passed by and they “didn’t see it coming”
Last Sunday, August 16, 2020, an asteroid passed 2,950 kilometers above the southern Indian Ocean. It was relatively small, between 3 and 6 meters wide. It was expected that its trajectory bringing it into a direct impact with Earth, it would turn into a fireball upon entering the atmosphere.
Nobody expected the passage of this asteroid, according to Paul Chodas, director of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, and said: “we didn’t see it coming.” According to him, the asteroid, called 2020 QG, rotated about 45 degrees when it passed close to Earth. This asteroid was detected by a telescope when it was moving away, that is, after 6 hours of having been at the closest point of approach to the planet. It is believed that Earth’s gravity was what caused it to drift and change its trajectory.
NASA announces that an asteroid is approaching Earth for the month of November 2020
On November 2, 2020, according to the Center for Near Earth Object Studies, an asteroid will pass close to Earth. It is indicated to be at a distance of 348,000 kilometers from the planet.
It is known as 2018 VP1 and was identified in 2018 at the Palomar Observatory in California.
NASA reports that its weight is 16 tons and it has a speed greater than 34,000 kilometers per hour.
It is believed to be unlikely to collide with Earth. Odds are one in 240, according to expert opinion. It has an orbital period of 2 years. It is known where the Earth is located, but since it has not been observed since 2018, there are those who indicate that it is not possible to know exactly what point with respect to the Earth it would be in November 2020. It is expected that there will not be a direct impact, but there are doubts how close it can be to Earth.
The rotation of an asteroid is believed to be essential in determining its path. According to Michael Busch, the direction of rotation of an asteroid is necessary to be able to predict exactly how far it could pass from Earth.
They use both its rotational speed and its composition. It is important to observe whether the direction of the asteroid’s rotation is forward or backward in relation to its direction of motion; this effect, over time, can cause a significant change in orbit.
There are data that support the passage and veracity of the existence of this 2018 VP1 asteroid, but where there are differences is in the accuracy of the computations according to those who question that it has not been observed since 2018 and taken into account the diversity of factors mentioned above that can affect and cause a significant change in its orbit.
On the other hand, there are the skeptics, who suggest that there is no danger and only want to influence the electorate and affect the results of the presidential elections.
The data and the different aspects are presented for the reader to judge and reach their own conclusions.