NASA has announced that an asteroid large enough to wipe out whole cities and cause a major tsunami on Earth is due to pass by in a matter of weeks.
The Daily Mail reports that NASA has identified a large asteroid, called 2016 WF9, which it says is due to pass by Earth on Feb. 25. NASA claims the asteroid will be 32 million miles away from Earth as it passes. They say the asteroid will pass under the main asteroid belt, as well as the orbit of Mars, on its trajectory toward Earth.
However, some conspiracy theorists, including Russian astronomer Dyomin Damir Zakharovich, have stated that the asteroid is headed directly toward our planet.
"The object they call WF9 left the Nibiru system in October when Nibiru began spinning counter clockwise around the sun," he said. "Since then, Nasa has known it will hit Earth. But they are only telling people now."
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"We are all in peril," he added.
NASA has stated definitively that the object will not hit Earth. However, many believe they are covering up the true trajectory of the asteroid. They also believe that NASA is lying about the origin of the asteroid. NASA claims it may have originated from a comet; however, Zakharovich and others claim it comes from Nibiru -- a planet that is hypothesized to be on the edge of our solar system, yet has never been confirmed to exist.
"Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax," NASA proclaims. "Obviously it does not exist."
The conspiracy theory claims were met with wide skepticism on Facebook. One user wrote: "This is how a guy scammed many with the "the world is ending in 2000" talk. PS, y'all sell your everything and bring the money to me for safety. I have a way. I'll tell you when you bring the money how this works."
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Another added: "I would be more afraid of mankind killing each other off during this century. I would be afraid of World War 3 happening this century. I don't believe an asteroid will hit Earth this century."
It remains to be seen if the asteroid will strike Earth or merely pass us by.