Planetary Alignment on Jan.4, 2014: Earth's Gravity Decreasing a Hoax

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By Karla Danica Figuerres | December 31, 2013 2:29 PM EST

According to reports from the News-Hound.net blog, there will be a "zero-G day"  on January 4 at exactly 9:47 in the morning. This said phenomenon will make people weightless, making them float for five minutes due to an "extraordinary astronomical event." But this is just an unfounded theory done by astronomer Sir Patrick Moore four decades ago.

The trending blog quoted, "At exactly 9:47 am, the planet Pluto will pass directly behind Jupiter, in relation to the Earth. This rare alignment will mean that the combined gravitational force of the two planets would exert a stronger tidal pull, temporarily counteracting the Earth's own gravity and making people weightless. Moore calls this the Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect," credits from the "theory" of astronomer Sir Patrick Moore.

This "theory" by Moore started several decades ago and this is all just a joke, but Web sites and blogs kept on releasing it yearly making people believe that it will happen few days after New Year's Day.

But according to Moore who was a former BBC Radio 2 astronomer, the event is just an absurdity and this is just for the celebration of April Fool's Day in 1976.

Two years ago an information coming from Time Magazine said, "Moore told listeners to jump at exactly that time to experience the once-in-a-lifetime effect. At 9:48, callers flooded the lines, eager to describe how they had briefly floated. News that Moore had played them no doubt brought everyone crashing back to earth." Many people believed it will really happen because of the mock blog coming from News-Hound.

The rumours that flood the Internet right now are nothing but an utter nonsense. And the report about the "zero-G day" is just a revamped version of the April Fools Day radio prank by Moore.

The rumours about the "zero-G day" are making people ask many questions about the said event. "Please convey its exact time in Pune,India, anyone?" posted by someone. Another asked, "What time in Philippines?" Asked again by someone: "What time in Dallas TX USA?"

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