WASHINGTON: The world can breath easy. A giant asteroid is not hurtling towards Earth about to wipe out much of the Americas, Nasa has felt compelled to explain following a swirl of online rumors.
Blogs and off-beat news sites have claimed a major asteroid will impact earth in mid-to-late September near Puerto Rico, causing major destruction throughout the region.
But that theory is entirely baseless, Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a post this week, trying to damp down the Doomsday predictions.
“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 the manager of the Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Paul Chodas.
The lab explained that all known hazardous asteroids have a less than .01 per cent chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years.