Impending doom at the hands of a rogue asteroid has been circulating the internet for a few weeks, resulting in panic across the world wide web. In response to the rumors, NASA has decided to speak out and share what they know about the supposed September impact.
Doomsday predictions claim that a rogue asteroid is scheduled to impact the Earth in September, crashing into Puerto Rico. NASA and other space agencies have been relatively quiet about the rumored incident, until now.
Yahoo News shared that if the 2.5 mile-wide space rock were to smash into Earth, nearly all of the Americas would be decimated. NASA remained silent but has finally chosen to speak up, attempting to calm the internet noise down and reassure everyone that they are safe.
Paul Chodas, of the Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, stated that if an asteroid of that size were hurtling toward the Earth, it would have been visible by now.
“There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates. If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now.”
According to CNET, any asteroid that comes within visual sight of the Earth is notated by NASA, and the asteroids are tracked to determine their trajectory and any changes that occur. Chodas reassured that the Earth is relatively safe from any impact, especially one as large as the rumored asteroid.
“[A]ll known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids have less than a 0.01% chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years.”
A natural disaster, such as a large asteroid hurtling toward Earth, are popular subjects of movies and stories that focus on an end-of-days scenario. Although popular, the potential reality behind their farcical plot lines can create a real fear within an individual. Pair that with the believable coercion of the internet and you have a real scenario that can cause mass panic leading up to the rumored impact dates.
Conspiracy theorists are apt to believe that NASA is trying to cover up the Earth’s impending doom in an attempt to lessen the mass panic that may occur. However, NASA is standing by their claim that Earth will be safe, as will Puerto Rico.
What are your thoughts? Is NASA right, or are they covering up the approaching asteroid?
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