Conspiracy theories that civilization will be wiped out in September of 2015 have been going viral on the internet for months. Videos, articles, and even people claiming to have prophecies say that in September, 2015 a comet, asteroid, or meteor will wipe out a large number of people.
But, is there any truth to the claims? Express.co.uk set out to see if there were any facts to back up the theories – and the results might surprise you.
Express writes: The date most are homing in on now is September 23 or 24 due to a range of Bible codes and alleged predictions.
However, the Blood Moon Prophecy, says the end is nigh on September 28 as that coincides with the last of four ‘blood moons’ (total eclipses followed with six full moons in between) over the past 18 months.
But many “end of world” prophecies have been made before and passed without incident.
Still, the latest online doomsday prophecies have been read by so many people that NASA was forced to issue a statement saying the chances of an impact around that time or within the next few hundred years were next to zero.
So are any asteroids due to pass close to us on any of these dates and what are the chances of any of them posing any danger?
An Express.co.uk investigation can exclusively reveal there are SIX so-called “close approaches” of “near Earth” asteroids due to pass within a cosmic fraction of the planet within the doommongers’ seven-day predicted timescale.
Scientists predict it would take an impact from an asteroid of 1km (0.6miles) in length and upwards to actually kill off most life on the planet.
But something as small as 50 metres could destroy all of London out to the M25 boundary, and a space rock of 100metres long or more could devastate a continent, causing mass destruction and tsunamis.
How big are these six?
Of the six due to pass, those on September 23, 27 and 28, are estimated as being up to 57, 39, and 31-metres-long respectively.
In June 1908 the Tunguska asteroid exploded in the atmosphere above Siberia and is the most recent major one in world history.
It saw a 50-metre lump of extraterrestrial rock rain down, flattening around 80million trees, sending a shock wave across Russia measuring five on the Richter scale.
We found the biggest rocks set to pass are on September 22 and 24.
On the 22 two asteroids are expected to whistle past – one of up to 190 metres long – the length of eight train carriages – and another cruise ship-sized space rock of about 280 metres long.
Two days later another whopping 270metre asteroid will pass us.
How far away are they?
NASA monitors massive asteroids that pass by several million miles from Earth and smaller ones at up to about 7m miles.
It seems far, but put into context the moon is 238,800 miles from us and our closes planet is Venus at 25m miles away, so the “near Earth asteroids” pass closer to the moon than other planets, and their orbits vary.
The furthest pass of the largest three is on September 22, when the 280-metre asteroid is expected to whistle past at a relatively safe 14.7m miles from us, while the 270metre one on September 24, is a much closer 5.1m miles.
In fact, this space rock is the closest of all six objects due to pass over these days.
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