Nasa releases statement over rumours that asteroid will destroy Earth in September

It's just a rumour

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The Independent Online

Nasa has just debunked a recent rumour of a giant asteroid due to crash into the Earth next month.

Internet conspiracy theorists have been saying that an asteroid will hit our planet sometime between September 15 and 28, destroying the American continents.

Acting in its role as space-news fact-checker, Nasa has issued a statement refuting the lot of it.

"That’s the rumor that has gone viral – now here are the facts," it said in a press release entitled 'NASA: There is No Asteroid Threatening Earth'.

Paul Chodas, manager of Nasa's Near-Earth Object office, said: “There is no scientific basis – not one shred of evidence – that an asteroid or any other celestial object 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."

Not that this denial will convince true-believers.

John Bowne from the famously conspiracist site InfoWars said: "Of course NASA is denying this, but why would they tell us anything? They’re funded by our government."

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