NASA has spoken out about the rumors running rampant all over the internet that an asteroid/meteor/comet is hurtling towards Earth. The rumors of an “ELE” (extinction level event) due to a massive 2.5 mile wide comet/asteroid/meteor (it depends on who you ask what type of object is supposedly hurtling towards Earth) have gained traction in the past few weeks.
This is not the first time the space agency has commented on the conspiracies. Back in July, they released a similar statement, which you can read here.
According to GeoBeats News: In recent days, the Internet has been abuzz with talk of a giant asteroid barreling toward Earth, that will cause miles of destruction and death when it hits.
NASA says it’s not true.
The agency assured everyone that no such event is expected to occur in mid-to-late September.
Further, there’s no evidence that this catastrophe will occur at any time in the foreseeable future.
The rumored asteroid is said to be on a collision course with an area near Puerto Rico, and upon its landing, coastal areas from the southern US to South America will suffer greatly.
That very vast range isn’t incredibly surprising given that the speeding space rock is said to be about 2-and-a-half miles wide.
Paul Chodas, the manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory rejected the claim, noting, “If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now.”
He also said the agency keeps constant watch for rogue celestial bodies headed in Earth’s direction.
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