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NASA: No Doomsday Asteroid Heading Our Way

This view of Earth comes from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite. Image credit: NASA

No, an asteroid isn’t striking the Earth anytime soon.

In a response to a rumor gone viral, NASA wants to put people’s mind at ease.

Web and blog posts warn that an asteroid would slam into earth near Puerto Rico next month – devastating the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

NASA says – no way.

The Near-Earth Object office released a statement saying there is no scientific basis or shred of evidence that anycelestial body will impact earth.

In fact, there’s only a .01% chance that any potentially hazardous asteroid will hit earth in the next 100 years.

NASA detects and tracks asteroids and comets passing within 30-Million miles of earth.

This isn’t the first online rumor of an asteroid strike, and it probably won’t be the last.

You can can keep up with NASA’s asteroid tracking efforts – follow them on twitter: @AsteroidWatch

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »