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From Joe King: Unfortunately the gravity shift is a hoax:


Jan. 4, 2014: ‘Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity' Allowing People to Float is an Old Hoax
by Jack Phillips
Epoch Times
December 30, 2013

hoax_screenshot-200A rumor from the News-Hound.net blog is claiming there's a "zero-G day" at 9:47 a.m. on January 4, 2014, that will decrease gravity allowing people to float for five minutes due to an "extraordinary astronomical event." But it's not real as it was a hoax perpetrated by astronomer Sir Patrick Moore four decades ago.

"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," reads the blog that has hundreds of thousands of "likes" and shares on Facebook, saying that the "theory" was attributed to astronomer Sir Patrick Moore.

However, the whole thing was a hoax created several decades ago by Moore but websites and blogs kept passing it along every year, saying it will happen a few days after New Year's Day.

Moore, who was the BBC Radio 2 astronomer, said the event would happen as part of an April Fools Day prank in 1976.

"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," reads a report frome Time magazine two years ago about the prank.

However, the fake News-Hound report got many people believing it's real.

"Please convey its exact time in Pune,India.anyone?" wrote one. Added another: "What time in Philippines?" Another wrote: "What time in dallas tx. USA??"