An article which claimed that a unique planetary alignment on January 4, 2015, would decrease the effects of the Earth's gravity, causing temporary partial weightlessness, when people would be able to float in the air for 5 minutes has turned out to be a complete hoax.
The story about this 'zero gravity day' had been shared more than a million times on Facebook. Sources for the unusual interplanetary episode include a photo-shopped tweet from NASA and an explanation of the Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect, attributed to Sir Patrick Moore.
AdvertisementWhile microgravity events can be found off Earth, a Nasa representative said, "Temporary microgravity can be created using aircraft flying in parabolic arcs."
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