Jan 04 2015

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I blame the US education system

Zero Gravity Day on Sunday: This Hoax Holds No Weight. Since I don’t spend much time on Facebook, I missed this:

A widely shared story is claiming that Jan. 4 is “Zero Gravity Day,” a date when people on Earth will be able to experience weightlessness while on the planet. The bogus post now appearing on Facebook and other websites at first blush looks legitimate. It shows a Twitter message sent at 3:27 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2014, seemingly posted by NASA (@NASA) and accompanied by the agency’s official familiar red, white and blue insignia. The 135-character message reads:

“Jan. 4th, 9:47 a.m. PST, the long-awaited planetary alignment will cause a gravitational fluctuation that will leave you weightless for a short period of time #beready” [Fun in Zero Gravity: A Weightless Photo Gallery]

This is apparently due to a Pluto passing directly behind Jupiter and their combined gravitational pull momentarily overcoming Earth’s. Besides the fact that Pluto and Jupiter are on opposite sides of the Sun right now (the original Pluto-Jupiter Gravitational hoax is apparently a 1976 April Fool’s joke told by British astronomer Patrick Moore), a simple understanding of Newtonian physics complimented by a strong dose of common sense would easily debunk this myth.

I weep for our future…

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