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NASA on comet Elenin: It won’t kill us all

 Rest easy, Earthlings. You will not be obliterated by a comet.

At least, not right now… NASA is fighting back against rampant Internet rumors that the comet Elenin is going to strike the Earth or screw up its gravitational pull in October. Stopping just short of rolling their eyes at the doomsday rumors, NASA astronomers had this to say: It’s just not happening. Period.

“Any approximate alignments of comet Elenin with other celestial bodies are meaningless, and the comet will not encounter any dark bodies that could perturb its orbit, nor will it influence us in any way here on Earth,” said NASA scientist Don Yeomans in a Q&A released this week.

Phew. Had me worried there for a while.

The Q&A feature addresses most of the rumors you’ve probably seen bouncing around the Internet. For instance whether Elenin will block out the sun for three days (ummm, no) or that NASA is covering up concern about its impact on Earth. (For the record, NASA wants you to know it’s really, truly not concerned.)

The final word on what will happen when Elenin passes by in October? Here’s NASA’s definitive statement: “Comet Elenin will not come closer to Earth than 22 million miles (35 million kilometers)…

via NASA on comet Elenin: It won’t kill us all | Seattle’s Big Blog – seattlepi.com.

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