We are happy to report that contrary to alarmist warnings in the tabloids, the world will not be coming to an end this Christmas — at least not as a result of a collision with a near-Earth object known as “asteroid 216258 2006 WH1.”
Not surprisingly, we began receiving inquiries from readers after headlines appeared claiming that NASA predicted such a collision was going to occur and cause a “mass extinction” on Earth.
In reality, NASA told us when we reached out, there is “nothing unusual or dangerous” about the asteroid, which is simply making a close approach to Earth around Christmastime.
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