The US presidential election in 2020 was really a wild ride, huh? Well, hang on, because it’s not over yet.
NASA’s Center for Near Earth Research has announced that six pieces of space rock will pass our planet tomorrow, January 20, when the United States celebrates Acting Day, the day the newly elected president is in charge of his office.
The agency says that everything should be fine and that these meteorites will pass without problems. Yet, after 2020 and the history of these elections, we can all be forgiven for sinking into skepticism and despair at the thought that they could not. We won it.
Friends in high places
The day he takes office marks the transition from one administration to the next – this year, which means from the Trump administration to Biden’s team. He also notes the case in which four meteorites will perform a close spring on Earth, hoping that we will miss them completely.
According to NASA calculations, the nearest (asteroid 2021 BK1) will fly near the Earth at approximately the same distance as the Moon orbits. So they have to be pretty harmless. The largest of them is about 93 meters wide, which is the height of the Statue of Liberty.
In general, we must be well and be missed by the cosmic rocks. However, this is close enough to be considered a “close approach” by NASA, and the agency will closely monitor asteroids and their transitions. So, let’s all hope for a casual Opening Day.
More information about these asteroids here (all six asteroids listed for 2021-January-20 in the table).