NASA wants to put a lid on the latest doomsday rumors that report a huge asteroid is on its way and due to hit Earth somewhere near Puerto Rico. The rumors predict that this asteroid will wipe out much of the Americas and they offer a time table window for this humongous object to arrive. According to these bizarre rumors the asteroid will smash into earth in mid-to-late September.
According to MSN News on August 22, NASA has adamantly stated that if there was an object big enough to do the kind of damage that these rumors are conjuring up, they would have seen it by now. The government’s space agency also said that for the next 100 years every known hazardous asteroid has less than .01 percent chance of hitting Earth.
UPI News reports today that NASA made a statement in response to the rumors growing online about a massive asteroid strike between Sept. 15 and 28. The U.S. space agency is clarifying that these “numerous recent blogs and web postings” are without a doubt “false.”
The manager of the Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Paul Choda, states: “There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates.”
The rumors that the Earth is in danger due to this asteroid impact is just that, a rumor. NASA felt compelled to come out with a statement as the rumors are building online and the doomsday folks are basking in this prediction of devastation.
According to the BBC News, the rumors about this asteroid were fairly specific. The asteroid due to hit Earth is said to be 2.5 miles wide and the rumors also pinned down a two week window for this to happen. But Spaceguard, which is the other name that the Near-Earth Object program calls itself, watches the heavens with telescopes here on Earth and they also utilize the telescopes that have been launched into space.
Spaceguard monitors everything in the heavens that even has a slight chance of flying by Earth and there is nothing remotely resembling what all this online hoopla has been spreading. Spaceguard monitors and tracks “asteroids (rock) and comets (frozen rock, dust, water and gas) which come within 30 million miles of our planet,” reports the BBC.
“At the moment the only things on a collision course with us are ‘harmless meteoroids’ and ‘tiny asteroids’ that will burn up in the atmosphere before they can do any damage.”
This rumor can now be filed with the end of the world predictions like the Mayan calendar claim. Choda states one more time for the press, “Again, there is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth.” It is not coming!