NASA was unable to see it, as it flew past the Earth from the direction of the sun.
2018VP1 is not a surprise to scientists.
This November, an asteroid will swing by earth on the exact same day it did two years ago; except this time, it's also the eve of the US election.
According to a database from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Center for Near Objects Studies, space rock 2018VP1 will head past Earth on November 2, one day before the USA presidential election on November 3.More news: Usain Bolt addresses COVID-19 "diagnosis"
Well, we have even better news.
According to The Planetary Society, there are estimated to be around 1 billion asteroids having a diameter greater than 1 metre. That kind of asteroid just doesn't have the girth for large-scale damage.
"Potentially hazardous" NEOs are specified as areas that come within 0.05 massive systems and determine more than 460 feet in size. The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs was at minimum 10 kilometres (6 miles) in diameter on impact, after it lost some of its volume in its descent.
"Asteroid 2018VP1 is very small, approx".More news: HMD Global launches Nokia 5.3, C3, 125 and 150 phones in India
By chance, another asteroid will make a close approach on the US's Election Day itself, November 3.
But that doesn't mean we can't be prepared for asteroids that do pose a risk.
NASA will soon test a method of deflecting an asteroid, hoping that it will successfully use it at a larger scale sometime.
The most drastic measure undertaken so far is the Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA), which includes NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission and the European Space Agency's (ESA) Hera.More news: Children over 12 should follow same mask rules as adults
In a year of devastating wildfires, destructive derechos, early and active hurricanes, widespread social unrest, contentious politics and more - all amid an unprecedented global pandemic - it might seem fitting that "asteroid impact" would be added to the 2020 bingo card. It sounds too excellent to hold true- an asteroid to clean all of us out before what will certainly be a really controversial election procedure- which's since it is. At least, not yet.