NASA: The World Will Continue Past Sept. 28

Agency crushes Internet rumor that asteroid strike is coming
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2015 7:35 AM CDT
NASA: The World Will Continue Past Sept. 28
This December 1968 file photo provided by NASA shows Earth as seen from the Apollo 8 spacecraft.   (AP Photo/NASA, File)

It's your prerogative should you choose to live the next month of your life like it's your last, but the majority of us will live to see October, NASA says. The words of encouragement come after Internet rumors sparked fear that an asteroid strike, allegedly due between Sept. 15 and 28, would destroy Puerto Rico, the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the US and Mexico, and Central and South America, reports the Guardian. "There is no scientific basis—not one shred of evidence—that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates," says the manager of NASA's near-Earth object office. "If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now."

Not only are we safe in September, but scientists say there's just a 0.01% chance of an asteroid hitting Earth within the next century. Of course, that fact didn't stop conspiracy theorists from spreading fear on "numerous recent blogs and web postings," NASA says, leading to headlines like, "Asteroid Impact Apocalypse 2015: Mass Anxiety As Conspiracy Theorists Predict Catastrophe," per CBS News. Interestingly, the closest of five upcoming asteroid approaches will occur today. But though an asteroid passed within 25,000 miles of us last year, the not-so-scary distance this time is 1 million miles. (See how Earth looks from that distance.)

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