First nominee for Fake News Awards of 2018!
I have often noted that massive, rapid climate change and extinction events are associated with asteroid strikes or volcanism.
So, I suppose the silver lining in CNN’s recent reports is that they forget their usual routine of blaming President Donald Trump for “climate change” for a few moments. Instead, they chose to link the government shutdown with an incoming asteroid, placing the blame for impending global catastrophe on Trump.
CNN personalities already blame virtually everything on President Trump and now the network has floated a theory that the earth could be jeopardized by an asteroid because of the government shutdown — but don’t worry, experts have already dubunked the fake news.
CNN correspondent Tom Foreman said on “The Lead with Jake Tapper” that NASA could potentially stop monitoring asteroids during the shutdown.
“A big one, by the way, is expected to brush by Earth on February 4,” Foreman said on Friday’s show.
He explained that this occurred back in 2013 during the Obama administration when the government last shut down. “For more than two weeks, NASA reportedly stopped monitoring potentially dangerous asteroids,” he said.
It turns out CNN is offering #FakeNews, once again.
It’s true that the building-size asteroid 2002 AJ129 will pass by Earth within about 10 times the distance from Earth to the moon (about 2.6 million miles, or 4.2 million kilometers), according to NASA. The asteroid is about 0.3 to 0.75 miles (0.5 to 1.2 km) in diameter — for comparison, the world’s tallest building is 0.51 miles (0.82 km) tall, while the new World Trade Center building in New York is 0.33 miles (0.53 km) tall.
NASA representatives say there’s no chance that it will collide with Earth.
“We have been tracking this asteroid for over 14 years and know its orbit very accurately,” Paul Chodas, manager of the Center for Near-Earth-Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statement. “Our calculations indicate that asteroid 2002 AJ129 has no chance — zero — of colliding with Earth on Feb. 4 or any time over the next 100 years.”
However, there is another asteroid that will be even closer to earth on January 23!
First detected by NASA on January 5, Asteroid 2018 AJ is due to hurtle past Earth on Tuesday January 23.
The asteroid, which is a big as a seven-storey building, will avoid a direct hit with our planet by about 1.1 million miles – a stone’s throw in astronomical terms.
The exact orbit of Asteroid 2018 AJ could still change slightly, but scientists expect the rock to pass at 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the Moon.
So, we should all be able to enjoy Trump’s State of the Union address on January 30th.
Legal Insurrection readers may also recall that I discussed the most significant EMP (electromagnetic pulse) threat is from solar storms. NASA has begun testing its new probe that will be directed at the sun when it is launched later this year.
Dubbed the Parker Solar Probe (PSP), the 430,000mph (692,000km/h) craft will collect vital information about the life of stars and their weather events.
This will help scientists improve how we predict dangerous solar flares, which can disrupt satellites and power supplies here on Earth.
…In a written statement, a spokesman for the space agency said: ‘Nasa’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission will revolutionize our understanding of the Sun, where changing conditions can propagate out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds.
‘Parker Solar Probe will travel through the sun’s atmosphere, closer to the surface than any spacecraft before it, facing brutal heat and radiation conditions and ultimately providing humanity with the closest-ever observations of a star.’
It may even be sensitive enough to detect CNN’s credibility.
I hereby nominate the Trump/asteroid strike story for the Fake News Awards of 2018.DONATE
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