We’ve all grown up watching movies like Armageddon and Deep Impact. And now, one conspiracy theorist believes that the events of the movie could become a reality as a newly discovered asteroid, 2016 WF9, is hurtling in the direction of our planet. The object was discovered last year as it traveled through the main asteroid belt, swinging through the orbit of Mars, and now Earth.
The giant piece of space debris is estimated to be between .3 to .6 miles in length, and NASA estimates that the asteroid will safely pass our planet by 32 million miles—a long, long way from even where the moon is. It’s predicted to do so on February 25.
But a self-proclaimed astronomer, a Russian named Dyomir Damir Zhakharovich, claims that NASA is hiding the facts. He estimates the asteroid will smash into the Earth’s oceans on February 16, triggering tsunamis and other world-ending disasters.
“The object they call WF9 left the Nibiru system in October when Nibiru began spinning counter clockwise around the sun,” said Zhakharovich in the blog Someone’s Bones, which is devoted to discussion of the asteroid. “Since then, NASA has known it will hit Earth. But they are only telling people now.”
The “Nibiru” he refers to is a doomsday scenario in which Earth and a space object will collide sometime this century, ending the world as we know it. It is the subject of many rambling conspiracy theories on YouTube, some of whose theorists use the term to refer to a mysterious “Planet X” or outside system that will send an object into our planet’s trajectory.
Conspiracy theorists like Zhakharovich believe that a collision is set to occur due to a gravitational pull from a binary star twinned to our sun. There is no evidence to support this theory.
“The object they call WF9 left the Nibiru system in October when Nibiru began spinning counter clockwise around the sun,” Zhakharovich said in Someone’s Bones.
NASA, however, has released a public statement to declare that the WF9 asteroid is not a threat. The same statement provided details on the asteroid as well as another object they recently identified as a comet. The data is available to the public.
“The trajectory of 2016 WF9 is well understood, and the object is not a threat to Earth for the foreseeable future,” NASA wrote.
If an asteroid is indeed on the way towards planet Earth, we’ll definitely see it coming.