CBS affiliate reports, election day asteroid to come within “300 miles”, claims “6 miles across”

"And another thing--it's about six miles across."
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CBS Local News anchor Katie Johnston purported on a 22 July broadcast that a six-mile wide near-Earth asteroid named 2018 Vp1 may pass within 300 miles of the planet’s surface one day before the election.

Johnston said that the asteroid is rated a 7 out of 10 on a scale that determines the probability of impact.

“On a scale of zero being duck and cover to nine being incredibly uncertain they rate this asteroid a seven,” she explained. “And another thing–it’s about six miles across.”

It’s unknown why the local anchor reported the object as being six miles across when NASA has it listed as being approximately 6.5 feet in diameter.

Additionally, Johnston reported that according to a YouTube video the object will travel within 300 miles of Earth.

However, the actual video found on The Real BPEarthwatch YouTube channel reports that the object will actually impact the Earth according to NASA’s numbers.

“Again, that put’s the impact 300 miles into the surface of the planet.”

— The Real BPEarthwatch, YouTube

The asteroid is listed as having a condition code of 7 which means its trajectory is highly unpredictable.

The asteroid’s close approach will take place on 2 Nov.

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