Wednesday, June 10, 2015

World Not Ending in September

Absolutely nothing like this will be happening in September

Apparently we now live in a world where this proclamation or something similar has to be made on a regular basis. A meme has recently been going around the Internet stating that a large asteroid is due to strike the Earth in September of this year.

Now NASA has identified a number of near-Earth objects, some of which could do serious damage if they struck our planet, but as it turns out this prediction has nothing to do with science. As usual, it's being circulated by "biblical theorists" who think that this time, for sure, they've come up with the date that the world will end.

Among the latest crop is this one reported by the Huffington Post. A so-called "online community of biblical theorists" believes a huge asteroid will strike the planet sometime in the Sept. 22-28 window, wiping us out.

For reasons unexplained, some of these crackpot predictions gain more traction than others. This one reportedly caught the attention of NASA, which responded with a statement, according to Yahoo News.

According to Yahoo News, a NASA spokesperson said: "NASA knows of no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth, so the probability of a major collision is quite small. In fact, as best as we can tell, no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years."

I'll say it one more time. Biblical theorists are wrong about this. They always are wrong about this. And, when the alleged date passes without anything happening, the most inexplicable thing about it is that some people will still take them seriously. How many times does it take, folks?

The fact is that NASA does track all known near-Earth objects, and none of them will pass close enough in September to pose even the slightest threat. And if it were going to happen in just a few months, we would know about it. Not only that, we'd be getting the warning through channels more reliable than Facebook.

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