Reports of asteroid striking Earth go viral; NASA debunks them as rumours

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Picture this! Total destruction on Earth. Armageddon style! Getting a whiff of what’s about to unfold next? 10 points if you guessed its about an asteroid striking Earth.

A Conspiracy theorist has been blowing his trumpet over what he claims to be an eminent asteroid strike between September 21 and 28 in the sea between the island of Mona and Mayaguez and triggering a magnitude 12 earthquake.

Efrain Rodriguez, from Puerto Rico and a self-proclaimed “messenger of God”, claims that he had a vision where he saw the asteroid entering the airspace of the town of Arecibo in Puerto Rico. This he says will fulfill a prophecy – linked to blood moons – which will bring about the end of humanity. According to the prophecy, disaster looms when a lunar eclipse, which last took place in April 2014, is followed by six full moons.

“In this message, God warns the island that an asteroid is coming, and will soon be visible in the alarm systems of NASA, and the computer scientists and observers of the world will see it,” he wrote in a post. Rodriguez said that he has passed on the information to NASA.

The claims by Rodriguez have went viral on social media so much so that NASA had to officially refute the claims as just rumours.

Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, outright refuted the reports saying that the claims didn’t have any scientific base 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 object from space was to hit Earth, NASA and other space agencies would have known about it. 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.

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.