A report about an asteroid hitting Earth in September has sparked concerns and probably even panic among several people when it spread all over the internet.
Asteroid flew by Earth safely on January 26, 2015 (Wikimedia Commons/NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Some websites have reported that an asteroid is going to collide with our planet sometime in the middle of September and the hurtling rock is said to land somewhere near Puerto Rico.
The report had gone viral and has caused quite a ruckus for some people but NASA has stepped in and is finally putting the inaccurate report to rest.
NASA released an official statement and it said that a report running around about an asteroid hitting Earth in September is a complete hoax.
This wasn’t the first time that doomsayers have announced that an asteroid is going to destroy the planet. Back in 2011, a comet called “Elenin” was said to hit Earth and its impact was a grave threat to the planet due to its size, but NASA refuted that rumor as well.
The reports of an incoming asteroid say that the point of impact will be near Puerto Rico and the effect will destroy the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of U.S. and Mexico as well as Central and South America.
A representative of NASA’s Near-Earth Object office said that it was all a hoax. T Paul Chodas, manager of the Near-Earth Object department, reassured the public that there are no asteroids or comets that will be on a collision course with the planet in the foreseeable future.
Chodas said, “There is no scientific basis – not one shred of evidence – that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates.”
In January and March, two asteroids flew by our planet without any damage or incident. Asteroids 2004 BL86 and 2014 YB35’s trajectories revealed that they were dangerously close to hitting Earth but they simply flew by without incident.
The Near-Earth Object office is focused on watching out for any celestial objects that might collide with the planet and Chodas said that there is less than 0.01% of a possibility that asteroids will hit us in the next 100 years. Chodas reassured people that, “If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now.”