There has been a lot of talk and rumors about Comet Elenin and asteroid Apophis colliding with Earth in 2011 and 2012 causing the end of the world and an extinction event for every bird, flower, tree, and animal.
Conspiracy theorists claim that Comet Elenin’s name comes from the code word “ELE”, which supposedly stands for, get this, “Extinction Level Event”, instead of the true origin, which is amateur astronomer Leonid Elenin, the Russian that discovered the comet, which the nuts also claim is dead and/or killed off by NASA to cover up the truth about the Earth’s demise.
EDIT: It seems the image that was posted before was not an actual image of Comet Elenin, the image below “supposedly” IS and can be found at this website. The correction still does not alter the original intent of this article.
The latest computations put Comet Elenin’s size at 3,283 miles in diameter and distance from Earth at more than 15,534,279 miles away at its closest approach on 10 September 2011, according to astrobiologists at NASA.
It will put on quite a show as it passes Earth.
2-3 years ago scientists said that asteroid Apophis had a very small chance of colliding with Earth in 2036, but since then recent computations have proved this to be false, and the asteroid will be nowhere near colliding with Earth.
NASA scientists caution the public to be wary of conspiracy websites and to obtain their information directly from NASA and the NOAA.
They also cite Wikipedia as a credible reference in dealing with issues like these.