Such rumours have even caused an acute fear of the cosmos among children, which is being called 'Cosmophobia'. Morrison said, "Many young people write to me that they are scared of astronomy. When they read about some new discovery, the first thing they think is that it might hurt them, even if it is happening in a distant galaxy. There is no reason for such fears, which I call cosmophobia (fear of the universe). This rash of concern seems to be the result of too many conspiracy theories and sensational stories featured on the Internet and irresponsible news outlets."
According to Morrison, the good news is that the astronomical objects are so distant that they cannot threaten the Earth. "Please don't be afraid of the Sun or the planets or comets or asteroids. The universe is not your enemy," assured Morrison.
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