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Doomsdayers prepare for Earth's end this month

SHOPPERS expecting to struggle paying off their Christmas credit card debt need not worry with the Earth marked for destruction before the year's end.

Doomsdayers are confident a tenth planet, known as Nibiru - or Planet X - will collide with Earth this month.

The idea has surfaced multiple times over the last two decades.

In the 90s, a woman claimed to have been implanted with an alien device that would warn her of the destructive event.

Her initial prediction of the Earth's end in 2003 failed to happen, leading to a new date being set in 2012.

When the Earth survived a second time, perhaps to the woman's disappointment, she settled on December this year.

NASA, of course, has a far more reasonable explanation for what is happening.

This Christmas Eve, a giant 2km long asteroid (known as 2003 SD220) will fly past Earth.

The asteroid is of little cause for concern as it will be 6.7 million miles away from Earth.

NASA said the asteroid,  discovered in 2003 by the Lowell Obsevatory Near-Earth Object Search, would in fact pass even closer when it visits again in 2018.

"The 2015 apparition is the first of five encounters by this object in the next 12 years when it will be close enough for radar detection," a NASA report said.

Experts expect stargazers should still be able to spot the asteroid provided the weather plays nice with a cloudless sky.

Topics:  editors picks space

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