Reports from one Dr. Dyomin Damir Zakharovich would have us believe that 2016 W49 is on a devastating collision course with Earth that could trigger extinction and mega-tsunami.
Update from NASA (Feb 1): On Feb. 25, 2017 Comet 2016 WF9 will approach Earth’s orbit. At a distance of nearly 32 million miles (51 million kilometers) from Earth, this pass will not bring it particularly close. The trajectory of 2016 WF9 is well understood, and is not a threat to Earth.
We wrote about 2016 W49 earlier this month, it’s a comet that NASA believes will pass by our planet at a distance of 51 million kilometers, or 32 million miles. It was first spotted by NASA’s NEOWISE project on November 27th. And it should be close enough to be visible in the Northern Hemisphere during the first weeks of 2017. But according to one conspiracy theorist, a little too visible…
Dr. Dyomin Damir Zakharovich’s name has been popping up online in recent months in conspiracy circles, he claims “we are all in peril”. He thinks 2016 W49 is going to make impact with Earth on February 16th.
“The object they call WF9 left the Nibiru system in October when Nibiru began spinning counter clockwise around the sun. Since then, Nasa has known it will hit Earth. But they are only telling people now.”
According to NASA “The trajectory of 2016 WF9 is well understood, and the object is not a threat to Earth for the foreseeable future”.
What we do know about 2016 W49 is that it’s about 0.3 to 0.6 miles (0.5 to 1 kilometre) across and it’s very dark (only reflecting a small fraction of light from it’s surface). NASA believes that “2016 WF9 could have cometary origins”, according to Deputy Principal Investigator James ‘Gerbs’ Bauer at JPL. And that ‘Nibiru’ is more commonly referred to as Planet X, a controversial mystery planet that if exists, is believed to hurl matter into our inner solar system.
When 2016 W49 was first spotted, it was unclear if it was a comet or an asteroid. Distinctions between comets and asteroids are as follows: comets are icy with long tails, whereas asteroids are mainly comprised of rocks and metals. What’s interesting is that this object is neither; it’s similar to a comet in that it surface is dark and unreflective, yet it doesn’t have the dust and ice tail we usually see. The mystery is also caused a confusion as to it’s origin.
2016 WF9 could have cometary origins. This object illustrates that the boundary between asteroids and comets is a blurry one; perhaps over time this object has lost the majority of the volatiles that linger on or just under its surface.”
– Deputy Principal Investigator James Bauer at NASA JPL
Our money is on the NASA prediction, but with a conspired impact date of February 16th, we’ll all find out soon enough.
Below you can find a statement written on NASA’s website, 2016 W49 is expected to pass on February 25th at 51 million kilometers.
Get our Tips and Tricks to your Inbox