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NASA: Rumours about asteroid striking Earth are just that, rumours!

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Reports of a devastating asteroid striking Earth sometime between September 15 and 28 have gone viral since a few days and calling them ‘rumours’ NASA has rubbished the reports claiming that there is “not one shred of evidence” that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth during those dates.

According to these reports one of the confirmed impact sites is near Puerto Rico which will lead to destruction in coastal areas of the US and Mexico as well as Central and South America.

Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said that there is not scientific base for these claims and that there is no evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates.

NASA also added that there is a probability of less than 0.01% of any of the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids impacting Earth in the next 100 years.

Chodas added that if such a large space rock was to hit Earth, they would have known by now. Chodas and his team are involved with the international collaboration of astronomers and scientists who keep a close watch on the sky using telescopes scouring the space for asteroids that could potentially harm our planet. They also predict their paths through space for the foreseeable future.

NASA has a special programme dubbed The Near-Earth Object Observations Program, commonly called “Spaceguard,” that works to discover such objects and characterizes the physical nature of a subset of them, while also predicting their paths to determine if any of them could be potentially hazardous to our planet.

There are no known credible impact threats to date — only the continuous and harmless infall of meteoroids, tiny asteroids that burn up in the atmosphere, NASA added.

“Again, there is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth,” stressed Chodas. “In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century.”