Just when you thought it was over, another apocalypse theory rears its ugly head, and is quickly debunked.
In the wake of the let-down of the world not ending on December 21, 2012, it has been announced that the potentially hazardous asteroid 2011 AG5 will not threaten Earth in the year 2040. Darn, right?
The 140-meter wide asteroid made headlines soon after it was discovered as its projected orbit gave it a 0.2 percent chance of giving us deja vu in 2040, says Discovery News.
University of Hawaii astronomers went to work refining the asteroid’s orbital trajectory to reveal that 2011 AG5 will miss us by 550,000 miles, over twice the distance from Earth to the moon.
We are safe. Houston, we do not have a problem.
This data was then given to NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California for confirmation, and it was given via IfA press release.
This result wasn’t entirely unexpected. Observations in May 2012 have narrowed it down and everything is looking positive. The observations finally reduced the risk to a definite zero.
Interestingly, the press release was issued Saturday, when the world was fixated on the Mayan calendar marking the of the end of the world. What a coincidence…
Oh well, there’s always December 23, 2220, the recalculated last day on the uber famous calendar.
Or perhaps we will invent a reason for it to happen in six years again. After all, we thought it would happen in 2000, 2006 (06-06-06), and 2012, so the next logical Armageddon theory should be sometime in 2018.
Somehow I can hear the Mayans rolling in their ancient graves.