NASA responds to rumors about giant asteroid barreling towards Earth
In recent days, the Internet has been abuzz with talk of a giant asteroid barreling toward Earth, that will cause miles of destruction and death when it hits.
NASA says it's not true.
The agency assured everyone that no such event is expected to occur in mid-to-late September.
Further, there's no evidence that this catastrophe will occur at any time in the foreseeable future.
The rumored asteroid is said to be on a collision course with an area near Puerto Rico, and upon its landing, coastal areas from the southern US to South America will suffer greatly.
That very vast range isn't incredibly surprising given that the speeding space rock is said to be about 2-and-a-half miles wide.
Paul Chodas, the manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory rejected the claim, noting, "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 also said the agency keeps constant watch for rogue celestial bodies headed in Earth's direction.
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