TODAY - Just Another Day In Space - Asteroid Flybys, "Blood Moons" And Armageddon Demystified
Yes, it's true, as some news stories say, there is a distant flyby by a rather unremarkable asteroid. It is one of dozens that pass by Earth every month. It's not especially large as asteroids go. Indeed there's one more than double its size, passing closer, at a faster speed, on October 4th that nobody is interested in except perhaps a few astronomers.
Then, there's a lunar eclipse on September 28th. Any amateur astronomer has probably watched at least a few of those, and there is nothing remarkable about this one. We don't even know if it will be particularly red - that depends on atmospheric conditions on the day.
We've had several predictions of doom reported as news stories so far this year. First, we had an asteroid flyby on April 14th was reported rather sensationally in tabloid newspapers; that got some people worried. Then a bit later this year we got a bunch of news stories about a Dutchman who used Nostradamus to predict a large earthquake in California, again in April, which never happened of course. And, a couple of other minor scares.
There is nothing new about this, however, there have been predictions like this, often in clusters, ever since the first century BC. A couple of recent notable ones which many of us will remember were the one in 2012 (end of one of the "long years", or Baktuns in the Mayan calendar), and the year 2000 one (with the year 2000 computer bug scare).