Amid uproar and doomsday prediction in many blog posts and web world claiming that an asteroid will impact Earth, causing wanton destruction, sometime between September 15 and Sept 28, 2015, NASA has clarified that it was a baseless rumor.
According to NASA scientists, there is not even one single evidence that an asteroid or any celestial object will impact Earth during these days, forget about the destruction it may wreak on Earth.
Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California 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.”
The Near-Earth Object office at JPL is a key group involved with the international collaboration of astronomers and scientists who keep watch on the sky with their telescopes, looking for asteroids that could do harm to our planet and predicting their paths through space for the foreseeable future. If there were any observations on anything headed our way, Chodas and his colleagues would know about it.
“If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now,” he stated.
There has been many rumors early as well, In 2011, so called “doomsday” a rumor about comet Elein, which never posed any danger of harming Earth and broke up into a stream of small pieces out in space.
NASA detects, tracks and characterizes asteroids and comets passing 30 million miles of Earth using both ground- and space-based telescopes. The Near-Earth Object Observations Program, commonly called “Spaceguard,” discovers these objects, characterizes the physical nature of a subset of them, and predicts their paths to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to our planet.