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2020 AUG 27

Preliminary   > Science and Technology   >   Space technology   >   Cosmology

Why in news?

  • NASA said that an asteroid identified as 2018VP1 is heading towards planet Earth.
  • It also is a 0.41 per cent chance of the 6.5 feet-long asteroid hitting the planet.
  • The asteroid is expected to pass near Earth on the eve of November 2.

About Asteroids:

  • Asteroids are minor planets, especially of the inner Solar System.
  • Larger asteroids have also been called planetoids.
  • These terms have historically been applied to any astronomical object orbiting the Sun that did not resolve into a disc in a telescope and was not observed to have characteristics of an active comet such as a tail.
  • Asteroid are generally about 1,000 km (600 miles) or less in diameter, and orbit the Sun primarily between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter in a nearly flat ring called the asteroid belt.
  • The first asteroid was discovered on January 1, 1801 and since then millions are confirmed to exist.


”2018VP1” , recently in news, is a:
(c)Dwarf Star
(d)Earth like Planet

Answer to prelims question