For the last few months, many blogs and web publications are baseless saying that a devastating asteroid will hit Earth and cause massive destruction next month, some time between Sept. 15 and 28, 2015.
Between those dates, according to rumors, there will be an impact — “obviously” near Puerto Rico — widespread destruction to the coast of the United States, the Gulf of Mexico, Central America and northern South America. Asteroid Apocalypse’s rumors are so viral that NASA is responding:
There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates,
Paul Chodas said in a statement.
If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now.
In fact, NASA’s Near-Earth Object program indicate that there has been observed many asteroids or comets that could hit our planet at any time in the foreseeable future. But, all potentially hazardous asteroids have a probability of less than 0.01% chance to smash into earth in the next 100 years.
Near-Earth Object program office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif, is a key group composed of an international team of astronomers and scientists who watch the sky with a variety of telescopes, looking for asteroids that could cause damage to our planet and predict their paths through space and sounding the alarm if necessary. So, if there’s any hazardous asteroids that could poses a serious threat to our planet, Chodas and his colleagues would know.
Again, there is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth,
In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century.
Another thing Chodas and his team do know — this isn’t the first time a wild, unsubstantiated claim of a celestial object about to impact Earth has been made, and unfortunately, it probably won’t be the last. Its Seems to be one of the World Wide Web’ favorite topics, NASA’s release notes.
Earlier false prophecies
For example, in 2011, there were rumors about the so-called comet Elenin, a supposed “doomsday” object that would cause wanton destruction upon the Earth. But, it never posed any danger to harm the Earth, it has broken into even smaller, even less significant, chunks of dust and ice.
And some conspiracy theorists claimed that a cosmic impact would wipe out humanity on Dec. 21, 2012, the day that one cycle of the Mayan long-count calendar came to an end.
Also, this year, fears were raised about asteroids 2004 BL86 and 2014 YB35 which passed harmlessly by the Earth in January and March — just as NASA officials had predicted the asteroids would.