Doomsayers strike out on comet curveball

Doomsayers will have to find another end-of-the world theory, now that NASA has allayed fears about Comet Elenin, Geekosystem reports.

The comet, which is predicted to have its closest approach to Earth on Oct. 16, stirred apocalyptic end-times rumors, including the theory that NASA has engaged in a coverup about a potential "brown dwarf" effect from its passage that could change the course of celestial objects.

The space agency set out to debunk such theories by issuing a press release. In it, NASA noted that the relatively small size of Comet Elenin and its distance from the Earth — it won't get any closer than 22 million miles away — make its upcoming passage pretty  much a nonevent that will have "immeasurably minuscule influence on our planet."

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