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Asteroid 2016 WF9 (NASA)
Asteroid 2016 WF9 (NASA)

No, a 'doomsday asteroid' isn't going to crash into Earth today


This pass will not bring it particularly close...the object is not a threat to Earth for the foreseeable future.
NASA statement

You might have heard reports that a doomsday asteroid is going to crash into Earth, destroying cities.

Fortunately, those reports aren't true. The asteroid, 2016 WF9, will pass Earth, but it'll still be 32 million miles away, according to a NASA statement

So why do people think this asteroid is more dangerous than NASA does?

There's a conspiracy theory based on the reports of Russia astronomer Dyomin Damir Zakharovich, who believes in a hidden world called Nibiru that the government has covered up. He believes that the asteroid was "one of trillions churning around Nibiru in a cosmic whirlpool" and is far larger, and thus more dangerous, than NASA insists. He said it would hit New York in February.

Wait, what's a Nibiru?

It's a planet-sized object also known as Planet X that's supposed to crash into Earth or come very close, triggering the apocalypse. It was first mentioned by Nancy Lieder in 1995, who claims she can talk with aliens through a brain implant, according to NPR

Lieder originally predicted Planet X would arrive in 2003. It did not, but she said that predicted date was a "white lie" to fool "the establishment. Later, she claimed it would arrive in 2012 and 2014. Again, it did not appear.

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Asteroid (NASA)

There's no evidence Nibiru is real. Also, astronomers don't generally predict where asteroids will land, since space objects' flight path may change significantly as they burns up in the atmosphere.

NASA's Asteroid Watch insisted we're not in any danger.

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