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NASA debunks September asteroid predictions

Posted on Friday, 28 August, 2015 | Comment icon 10 comments

NASA has moved to allay concerns about a collision next month. Image Credit: NASA
The space agency remains adament that there are no apocalyptic asteroids due to hit us next month.
The Internet has been awash over the last week or so with claims that a large asteroid is heading towards us and that it will strike Puerto Rico sometime between September 15th and 28th.

Chief among those responsible for the rumor is self-proclaimed prophet Efrain Rodriguez whose predictions are based on the so-called 'Blood Moon Prophecy' - a series of four blood moons that have been occurring over the last 18 months with the last one due on September 28th.

NASA's Near-Earth Object Office however has emphatically denied that anything is going to happen.
"If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now," said manager Paul Chodas. "In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century."

The September doomsday claim is just the latest in a long line of "end of the world" predictions that have arisen over the last few years with December 21st 2012 being the most infamous.

As it stands there is practically no chance that next month's event will be any different.

Source: Independent | Comments (10)

Tags: Asteroid, Apocalypse

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Anomalocaris on 20 August, 2015, 20:59
The Internet phenomena is a double-edged sword
Comment icon #2 Posted by toast on 20 August, 2015, 21:41
I`m in doubt actually about the question which CT community is most stupid one, the chemtrailers or the "impacters". First point is, if there would be a confirmed dangerous NEO that would impact Earth with a high likelihood I`m sure this object would not be published on JPLs NEO page to avoid panic, but this information would be given to the governments involved to be able to take the needed actions. So where do the impacters generate their informations from other than from coffee grounds? I really dont know but anyway, its dispensable. And as for the "expected" SEP2015 impact I think this was... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hawkin on 21 August, 2015, 4:46
Does NASA have a protocol if an asteroid should impact the earth within a certain amount of time?
Comment icon #4 Posted by TonopahRick on 21 August, 2015, 5:04
Yes if you are in the targeted area bend over put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nnicolette on 28 August, 2015, 15:40
I was under the impression that due to many recent near misses with very little warning they had decided that they dont always see them coming. Sounds odd that they're suddenly so aware of everything albeit just to dispel conspiracy rumors
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 28 August, 2015, 17:21
I was under the impression that due to many recent near misses with very little warning they had decided that they dont always see them coming. They don't always see the small ones coming. The small ones can'take cause the kind of damage this moronic conspiracy theory is talking about. The large ones are (unsurprisingly) much easier to see and consequently well mapped. Since they are well mapped NASA can be pretty sure that there is no major impact of the kind claimed likely in the next century. Sounds odd that they're suddenly so aware of everything albeit just to dispel conspiracy rumors Par... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 28 August, 2015, 19:13
"but this information would be given to the governments involved to be able to take the needed actions." The "needed" action would be that all of the politicians and their cronies would be in a bunker on the opposite side of the Earth from where the strike would be. They we all be at some type of "summit" discussion World Peace. Yeah - A little harsh, but it's the mood I'm in.
Comment icon #8 Posted by BeastieRunner on 28 August, 2015, 20:59
Something is fake on the internet!? Say what ...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Gecks on 28 August, 2015, 23:25
The idea of the governments and NASA covering up an impending asteroid impact is a joke. Do the people who make these claims realise NASA are not the only people in the world with access to a telescope? Im pretty sure all the other thousands of astronomers across the globe albeit professional or amateur would spot an asteroid of that size coming and it would very quickly become posted online everywhere. And when did '4 blood moons' = asteroid attack come to surface?? must have missed that in maths class
Comment icon #10 Posted by Nnicolette on 29 August, 2015, 3:36
What are you talking about i didnt say nasa was covereing anything up. I am just pointing out that its a change from other comments ive heard from them about recent asteroids that were a near miss and weren't spotted until they were close. You probably have it right about the size but im not so sure we cant be suprised for example Please dont twist my words into some odd conspiracy theory to laugh about you dont have to always make me out to be a lunatic and make up absurd beliefs n pin them on ... [More]

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