[meteorite-list] There is No Asteroid Threatening Earth in September 2015

From: John Cabassi <john_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:05:46 -0700
Message-ID: <CAFBTX4y+o1ZWxUG4Ks8Oc1BumHKjCFMLC689fNTSPVNyqJK8yA_at_mail.gmail.com>

Hey Ron,
Are you a mushroom? Kept in the dark and fed BS? Everyone knows if
it's on the internet it's true

:-) :-)

Cheers mate

On Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 4:38 PM, Ron Baalke via Meteorite-list
<meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
> http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4692
> NASA: There is No Asteroid Threatening Earth
> Jet Propulsion Laboratory
> August 19, 2015
> Numerous recent blogs and web postings are erroneously claiming that an
> asteroid will impact Earth, sometime between Sept. 15 and 28, 2015. On
> one of those dates, as rumors go, there will be an impact -- "evidently"
> near Puerto Rico -- causing wanton destruction to the Atlantic and Gulf
> coasts of the United States and Mexico, as well as Central and South America.
> That's the rumor that has gone viral -- now here are the facts.
> "There is no scientific basis -- not one shred of evidence -- that an
> asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates,"
> said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object office at the Jet
> Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
> In fact, NASA's Near-Earth Object Observations Program says there have
> been no asteroids or comets observed that would impact Earth anytime in
> the foreseeable future. All known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids have
> less than a 0.01% chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years.
> The Near-Earth Object office at JPL is a key group involved with the international
> collaboration of astronomers and scientists who keep watch on the sky
> with their telescopes, looking for asteroids that could do harm to our
> planet and predicting their paths through space for the foreseeable future.
> If there were any observations on anything headed our way, Chodas and
> his colleagues would know about it.
> "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 stated.
> Another thing Chodas and his team do know -- this isn't the first time
> a wild, unsubstantiated claim of a celestial object about to impact Earth
> has been made, and unfortunately, it probably won't be the last. It seems
> to be a perennial favorite of the World Wide Web.
> In 2011 there were rumors about the so-called "doomsday" comet Elenin,
> which never posed any danger of harming Earth and broke up into a stream
> of small debris out in space. Then there were Internet assertions surrounding
> the end of the Mayan calendar on Dec. 21, 2012, insisting the world would
> end with a large asteroid impact. And just this year, asteroids 2004 BL86
> and 2014 YB35 were said to be on dangerous near-Earth trajectories, but
> their flybys of our planet in January and March went without incident
> -- just as NASA said they would.
> "Again, there is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial
> object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth," said Chodas. "In fact,
> not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting
> our planet over the next century."
> NASA detects, tracks and characterizes asteroids and comets passing 30
> million miles of Earth using both ground- and space-based telescopes.
> The Near-Earth Object Observations Program, commonly called "Spaceguard,"
> discovers these objects, characterizes the physical nature of a subset
> of them, and predicts their paths to determine if any could be potentially
> hazardous to our planet. 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.
> JPL hosts the office for Near-Earth Object orbit analysis for NASA's Near
> Earth Object Observations Program of the Science Mission Directorate in
> Washington. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology
> in Pasadena.
> More information about asteroids and near-Earth objects is at:
> http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov
> http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroidwatch ,
> and on Twitter: _at_asteroidwatch
> Media Contact
> DC Agle 818-393-9011
> Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
> agle at jpl.nasa.gov
> 2015-272
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