In recent weeks, a truly frightening rumour has been circulating online. On esoteric news sites and dark-ish blogs, word has spread of an imminent cataclysm on planet earth.
According to certain voices within the net community, a huge, potentially life-changing asteroid is hurtling towards earth at high speed. But what do the relevant space-authorities have to say about the apparent cataclysm coming our way?
The theory revolves around a spurious claim that the asteroid will hit earth in late September near the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Theorists assert that the object will likely crash to earth sometime between September 15 and 28. But now, NASA’s top brains trust has busted the ready-circulating myth.
“There is no scientific basis — not one shred of evidence — that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates,” NASA’s Near-Earth Object office manager Paul Chodas explained via a witty press release.
According to the space authority, no asteroids or comets have been traced by their expansive observations program. In fact, NASA scientists have gone so far as to infer that there is a .01 per cent chance of a potentially hazardous asteroid striking earth within a hundred years. With certainty, the US scientists believe the rumours amount to little more than idle, paranoid chatter.
“If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now,” Mr Chodas said. “Again, there is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact earth.”
For those who have come across these rumours, it’s an important reminder of the sheer subjectivity and occasional implausibility of articles published online. While every human has a right to freely express his or her opinion, there is absolutely no need to readily accept what you read. In the end, scientists will tell you that there’s only a .01 per cent chance that any of it’s true. Based on those miniscule odds, we’ll take our chances and enjoy the second half of September without any asteroid anxiety.
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