Depending on what corners of the Internet you hang out in, you may be in rank fear of the End of Times brought about by an unavoidable asteroid sent to hurtle itself into the Earth's belly, creating an apocalyptic scenario for a good chunk of humanity. If that's the case, you can now rest easy. Don't worry. NASA is here to soothe you. There is no killer asteroid on the way.
The rumors spread around in emails, on social media and in online articles with titles like "Will a giant asteroid hit earth in September 2015?" and "Confirmed-2.5 Mile Wide Comet expected September 15-28, 2015."
They seem to have solidified around the idea that a 2.5-mile-wide asteroid will plunge from space and land in Puerto Rico in mid-to-late September, around the time of aeclipse on the 28th. There have been mentions of devastation on par with wiping out the dinosaurs.
Here's the word from NASA: "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.
NASA tracks all asteroids that come withing galactic spitting distance of Earth and notes that "all known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids have less than a 0.01% chance of impacting Earth in the next 100 years." We're not only safe next month, we're safe for a long time to come. That statement should help you rest easy tonight.
The fact that NASA felt moved to respond to the rumors shows just how rampant and panicked the stories had become in some circles.
If you still want to get an asteroid-related thrill next month, then you can sit down and watch "Deep Impact" or "Armageddon" and enjoy seeing celebrities save Earth from the wrath of space rocks.