NASA have issued a statement to rebuke conspiracy theorists’ claims that a giant asteroid will strike with Earth in September 2015 which could obliterate the planet.
In a bizarre denial, NASA have said that no asteroid or comet is currently known to be on track to hit our planet. They say that there is little likelihood for a major collision to happen in the next few hundred years.
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The bold statement by NASA has left some question why the agency have made such a long-ranging and absolute prediction, given the huge number of asteroids near our planet at any given time and NASA’s frequent failure to spot them in the past. In any case, would NASA really tell us if an asteroid was on a collision course with the Earth?
No humans in the past 1,000 years are known to have been killed by a meteorite or by the effects of one impacting Earth, NASA notes.
The prophecy appears to have come from self-proclaimed prophet Efrain Rodriguez, who claims that he learned of the coming doomsday via God’s message that says the asteroid would hit the ocean near Puerto Rico. The impact would lead to an earthquake and tsunami that would devastate the East Coast of the U.S. and Mexico as well as the coast of South America and Central America.
Nope, says NASA. “In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years,” NASA says in a background paper on asteroid strikes. Scientists likely could identify a threatening near-Earth object large enough to potentially cause catastrophic changes in the Earth’s environment, and most astronomers believe that a systematic approach to studying asteroids and comets that pass close to the Earth makes good sense. “It’s too late for the dinosaurs, but today astonomers are conducting ever-increasing searches to identify all of the larger objects which pose an impact danger to Earth,” NASA notes.
Large objects that approach Earth’s atmosphere typically burn up on entry although NASA is aware of the dangers of certain foreign objects striking the Earth. It is developing strategies that could identify asteroids and other extraterrestrial objects that may possibly hit the Earth and is identifying options for defending the planet.
Some claims likewise said that a problem will occur due to an incident that will happen at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, which just had a major upgrade that scientists hope could shed more light on dark matter and pave the way to the discovery of other particles.