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‘Finally some good news’: An asteroid is heading our way on the eve of the presidential election

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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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No, it won't look like this.

Just end it already.

That’s seems to be the reaction across the internet to the headlines that an asteroid might put us all out of our misery on Nov. 2, the night before the presidential election.

Don’t get too excited, however. The odds of the celestial rock, dubbed “2018VP1,” hitting Earth are less than 1%, and, even if it did, it’s only about the size of a horse, according to NASA, which published this table, for you wonks out there:

Basically, the space agency says there could be three potential impacts “based on 21 observations spanning 12.968 days,” though none of them are realistically problematic.

But that didn’t stop Twitter /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR +0.34%  from cheekily planning for the devastation all weekend, with no shortage of political commentary accompanying the faux panic.

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Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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