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Bogus News - "Planetary Alignment On Jan 4, 2015 Will Decrease Gravity For 5 Minutes"

2014-12-23T05:38:42 -  +
Bogus News - "Planetary Alignment On Jan 4, 2015 Will Decrease Gravity For 5 Minutes"

The article below: "Planetary Alignment On Jan 4, 2015 Will Decrease Gravity For 5 Minutes Causing Partial Weightlessness," published on fake or news satirical website www.dailybuzzlive.com, is a hoax and NASA has not posted anything about such anomaly. Most of the articles on the website 'www.dailybuzzlive.com' are fictional and should not be taken as facts. The hoax was a April Fools' joke created by British astronomer Patrick Moore back in 1976. He told his BBC Radio 2 listeners that the planetary alignment would result in a gravitational pull that would make people lighter.

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Fake NASA Tweet on Planetary Alignment On Jan 4, 2015

Planetary Alignment On Jan 4, 2015 Will Decrease Gravity For 5 Minutes Causing Partial Weightlessness.

Strange natural occurrences are happening in the world today. But nothing more magnificent than the one you will experience on January 4, 2015.

According to British astronomer Patrick Moore, at exactly 9:47 PST AM on January 4th, Pluto will pass directly behind Jupiter, in relation to 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 virtually weightless. Moore calls this the Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect.

The Time magazine published the following in a 2011 article:

The British media have a unique affinity for pulling April Fools' pranks, matched only by the British public's unique ability to fall for them. On April 1, 1976, BBC Radio 2 astronomer Sir Patrick Moore gave listeners some bunk about how, at 9:47 a.m., Pluto and Jupiter would align in such a way as to temporarily reduce Earth's gravity.

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.

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