News 8 – Strange natural occurrences are happening in the world today. But nothing more magnificent than the one you will experience on January 2, 2016 when gravity will decrease for 4 minutes causing partial weightlessness. According to British astronomer Patrick Moore, at exactly 8:32 PST AM on January 2th, 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.
Moore told scientists that they could experience the phenomenon by jumping in the air at the precise moment the alignment occurred. If they do so, he promised, they would experience a strange floating sensation. Astronomers have long been aware that there would be an alignment of the planets on that date, when Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto would be on the same side of the sun, within an arc 95° wide. But now they are guaranteeing the occurrence as the gravitational effect of the other planets on the Earth’s crust is maximum even at their closest approach.
But don’t get too excited. If you think you’ll be able to float around your house, you’re wrong. But, if you jump in the air at 8:32 AM PST, on January 2, 2016, it should take you about 2.8 seconds to land back on your feet instead of the usual 0.2 seconds. So, mark this date on your calendar and share it with your friends! Zero gravity day is just around the corner!