Numerous blogs and web postings are erronously claiming that an asteroid will impact Earth, sometime between September 15 and 28, 2015. It claimed that the impact could also cause destruction along coastal regions of the US, Mexico, Central America and South America.
That’s the rumor that has gone viral — Now here are the facts, said NASA in a press release. There is no scientific basis – not one shred of evidence – that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates,” said Paul Chodas, Manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object office at the jet propulsion laboratory in Pasadena, California.In fact, According to NASA’s Near-Earth object observations program,
There have been no asteroids or comets observed that would impact Earth anytime in the foreseeable future. All known potentially hazardous asteroids have less than a 0.01 per cent chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years, NASA said.Just this year, fears were raised about the near-Earth asteroids 2004 BL86 and 2014 YB35,
Asteroid Hitting Earth
which flew harmlessly past the planet in January and March, respectively just as NASA scientists had predicted the asteroids would. All of this is not to claim that Earth won’t get hit by a cosmic object next month. The planet is pelted by dust and chunks of space rock all the time,
But almost all of this material is so small that it burns up harmlessly in Earth’s atmosphere. NASA has faced many times rumours about asteroids so such rumours are no stranger to NASA anymore. Forexample, in 2011, there was rumour about comet Elenin impacting Earth. Then there were Internet assertions surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012, insisting the world would end with a large asteroid impact..