BY | January 4, 2014

 

 

‘Planetary alignment Jan 4 2014’ hoax is going viral on social networking sites despite the fact that there is no truth in it.

Almost everyone is talking about planetary alignment on social networking sites and people want to know as to what it is. For many people this may look something puzzling. People are fearful that this planetary alignment may affect the world and some people are extremely worried as to what it may cause to them and their near and dear ones.

Though it has been talked by people for months but today is the date when the planetary alignment is set to happen according to a theory that was put in place some four decades ago by Sir Patrick Moore. He was the one and the only astronomer who talked about it and no scientist or astronomer has supported him in his claim that at a certain point of time on January 4 people will become weightless and will start floating on their own.

To be true if this floating of people was true this also meant that everything on earth will start floating. Many people are calling the day as “zero-G day” and suggest that this zero planetary alignment will be taking place on January 4 at exactly 9:47 in the morning.

Reports that are nothing more than rumors have been in circulation for quite some time about it, but now it has become viral. A report says, “It has been revealed by the British astronomer Patrick Moore that, on the morning of January 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 Earth’s own gravity and making people weigh less. Moore calls this the Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect.”

There is no doubt that the report is hoax and has nothing to do with reality. There is no truth in the claim that any such astronomical gravity-decreasing event is set to occur in January 2014 or at any other time. A report in Hoax Slayer says that “In fact, it is nothing more than a revamped version of a decades old April Fools joke. On April 1st, 1976, BBC Radio 2 astronomer Sir Patrick Moore told his listeners that at 9:47 am the Earth’s gravity would be reduced because Pluto and Jupiter were aligned…Amazingly, many people called the radio station to report that they had indeed experienced the low gravity effect…Decades on, at a time when people have instant access to more information than at any other period in human history, you could perhaps assume – or at least hope – that a target audience might be less likely to fall for such a transparent prank. But, given the many comments and queries about the event that I’ve seen, it seems that many people are just as gullible as ever.  In fact, human gullibility seemingly has no bounds”.

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