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There is no asteroid threatening earth

An asteroid the size of a town will not be smacking into us, says NASA… at least not between 15 and 28 September.

The space agency is trying to calm everyone down after rumours that a killer space rock was on its way.

Doom-mongers said “a 2.5 mile-wide comet” will crash into Earth causing “catastrophic damage” and “wiping out the United States of America”.

Luckily, NASA reports that “there is no scientific basis, not one shred of evidence” for this.

Blogs and web posts even claimed that the rock would strike near the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico in the middle of September.

Nasa has a Near-Earth Object Observations Program looking for asteroids that pose a danger to our planet. Its experts say nothing “will impact Earth on those dates”.

“If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now,” said killer asteroid hunter Paul Chodas.

In fact, in the next century there’s a “less than a 0.01% chance” of any “hazardous asteroid” destroying civilisation. (BBC)