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Stupid Internet posts: No, gravity won’t be canceled January 4th.

December 24, 2014

Looks like the hoaxsters are at it again.  Seems someone dusted off Sir. Patrick Moore’s April Fool’s joke from long ago and dressed it up as a phony NASA tweet and sent it out 9 days ago.  Supposedly on January 4th, 2015 an alignment of Jupiter and Pluto will cancel gravity on the Earth for a few minutes that day.  Both Newton and Einstein would be ticked off at that.  Neither of their theories of gravity would predict anything so stupid.    Besides Jupiter and Pluto are at nearly opposite parts of the sky.  They don’t align with anything.

Don’t take my word for it as a lowly amateur astronomer.  Check out the (A real astrophysics PhD) Bad Astronomer Phil Plait’s post:  http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/12/24/zero_g_day_nope.html.

Here’s a post from EarthSky with the same sentiments.

However January 4th, 2014 is special.  It’s Perihelion Day, the day of the year the Earth is closest to the Sun.  So break out the sunscreen, especially if you live in the southern hemisphere, where it’s summer now.  The biggest effect we’ll see is that winter is the shortest season for us by a couple of days compared to summer, the longest season.  The Earth moves its fastest in it’s orbit of the Sun at perihelion.

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