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No, An Asteroid Won’t Destroy Earth in September…WILL IT?

ThinkstockPhotos-167245459An artist’s rendering of a large asteroid impact on Earth.  (Thinkstock/iStock/James Thew)

NASA Addresses Asteroid Rumors

You can rest easy, it’s not true. Contrary to the latest internet rumor to go viral, as Meteorologist Danielle Banks explains, there will be no repeat of these scenes from the 1998 film “Deep Impact” come September.

Before you hit the “share” button on that story about the Earth’s destruction by an asteroid in September, know this: NASA says it won’t happen.

Despite the claims from social media that the end of humanity is imminent, there is no scientific evidence that a catastrophic impact will happen between Sept. 15 and 28. The chatter and rumors have spread so quickly that NASA felt it was necessary to issue a response to debunk the hoax.

“There is no scientific basis – not one shred of evidence – that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates,” Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a news release.

The widely distributed rumor alleges that a massive impact would occur in that two-week period near Puerto Rico and would trigger mass destruction. But Chodas said in the release that if there were a huge impact coming in the next four or five weeks, scientists would have known about it by now.


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