Zero Gravity Day on April 4th? - Internet/Facebook Rumour
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It has been revealed by the British astronomer Patrick Moore that, on the morning of April 4th 2014, an extraordinary astronomical event will occur. 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 Earths own gravity and making people weigh less. Moore calls this the Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect.
Articles are circulating Facebook that claim that April 4th is what is known as Zero Gravity Day (or Zero G Day) meaning the gravitational pull on Earth is much less because of how the planets will be aligned that day.
The articles assert astronomer Patrick Moore has claimed that because Pluto and Jupiter are in alignment, the gravitational pull on our planet will be much less thus allowing people to experience a “floating sensation” if they jump at a certain point in the day.
As many sceptical and critical thinkers would have already deciphered, the claims are obviously utter nonsense, and there are many clues that will give this article away as hogwash, and not only because Patrick Moore passed away more than a year ago at the time of writing. The hoax is perpetrated by serial hoax spreader News Hound.
Basically, the alignment of the planets in our solar system cannot and will never have any noticeable effect on the gravitational pull of planet Earth, simply because they are too far away. Jupiter and Pluto being aligned with Earth will have little to no effect on us at all.
Even if you were inclined to believe it (we’re really not sure why you would be), Jupiter and Pluto are not aligned on April 4th as you can see here. (enter the date)
And if that wasn’t enough, this hoax isn’t new. A previous identical version also spread by News Hound previously asserted Zero Gravity Day was in January 2014, and future versions will likely publish other dates too.
This isn’t the first time News-Hound have managed to get their fake stories to go viral. The rapidly growing website has gone viral many times over the last month simply by creating fake stories that sound incredible and posting them on social media websites where gullible social media users share them with their friends, thus allowing the site owner to cash in on advertisement revenue.
Previous hoaxes include the stranded woman having her SOS distress sign picked up by someone on Google Earth and the claim that scientists had cloned a dinosaur.
Whilst humorous, satirical or “amazing story” websites used the same business model, News-Hound simply seems to plant totally fake stories that serve no purpose other than to fool readers into sharing – thus we do not recommend visiting or sharing anything published on this website with your friends.
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