Will 15 Days Of Darkness Cover The Earth?

In May 2017, Charles Bolden, the head of NASA, announced that the Earth would be plunged into total darkness for an unprecedented fifteen days He detailed the causes of this biblical event in a 1,000 page document

The darkness will be triggered by an astronomical event that has not occurred in over one million years NASA’s astronomers calculated that the phenomenon will start on November 15th at 3 am and will most likely last until November 30th, 4:45 pm

The news went viral on social media and was widely featured on professional news outlets How is such a cosmic event possible? And what does it mean for the Earth? NASA’s enormous report includes an explanation for what exactly is going on in outer space According to the report, the orbits of Jupiter and Venus will bring them in close proximity to each other They will be separated by just 1 degree Venus will move to the south-west of Jupiter and as a result it will reflect sunlight 10 times brighter than the gas giant

Venus’ bright light will be so intense it will heat up Jupiter’s surface, causing a chemical reaction which will release an absurdly high amount of hydrogen into space This outburst of hydrogen will come in contact with the Sun at 2:50 am on November 15th Once the hydrogen reaches the Sun, a massive explosion is bound to occur on its surface, increasing the temperature to more than 9,000 degrees The whole process will generate so much heat that the Sun’s colour will change to a bluish shade It will take a minimum of 14 days for the Sun to cool down to its normal color and temperature

As a result of this strange phenomenon, the Sun’s light will appear much dimmer on Earth, hence the 15-day blackout predicted by NASA Charles Bolden said, “We do not expect any major effects from the Blackout event The only effect this event will have on Earth is an increase of 6 to 8 degrees in temperature The polar cap will be mostly affected by this No one should worry much

This event would be similar to what Alaskans experience in the winter” However, the effects of fifteen days of darkness would be far worse than Bolden’s statement suggests The blackout would be total and constant: there would be no sunlight during the day, and no moonlight at night Satellites and planets wouldn’t gleam in the evening sky – there would only be the pinprick flicker of the stars We would be dependent on artificial light to function

This might seem all right for humans, but the natural world depends on the sun’s radiation for warmth and photochemical reactions necessary to survive Within a week, temperatures would have dropped below freezing On land, plants and animals would begin to die Temperature gradients would change, causing extreme weather to increase, especially on coastlines It would have a devastating impact on rural communities, and crops would fail in many parts of the world

This would affect food supplies in the following year, potentially leading to famine and death on a huge scale, with a resulting refugee crisis Similar disasters have happened several times in Earth’s history The most comparable event is a volcanic winter This can occur after a large volcanic eruption fills the sky with ash and sulfuric acid droplets, which obscure the sun This increases the amount of solar radiation reflected away from Earth

Global temperatures drop, sometimes for years on end For instance, in 1815, the eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies forced global temperatures down by 04 to 07 degrees Celsius Tropical islands saw snow in the middle of summer, and frost settled for the first time

Crops failed in New England, Canada and Europe, pushing the price of wheat, meat, vegetables and dairy products through the roof Food shortages were widespread and starving people rioted; in places like Ireland, famine led to outbreaks of severe diseases like typhus In China, rice crops failed and famine followed Hundreds of thousands of people perished Dozens of species went extinct

It is known as the Year Without Summer If the sun went out for fifteen days in November, it could happen again If this all sounds rather far-fetched, NASA agrees The agency strongly denies giving any warning about the Sun going dark, and says the astronomical report never existed Former NASA scientist Dr

Marshall Shepherd says the story does not even make sense He says the idea of a 1,000 page report is ridiculous: astronomical papers simply do not need to be that long NASA says the scientific explanation – about the alignment of Venus and Jupiter producing a hydrogen storm that would cool the Sun – is nonsense Charles Bolden denies that he ever issued a statement about imminent darkness and an ensuing fall in temperature Furthermore, he resigned from NASA in January 2017 – four months before he is supposed to have announced the period of darkness

It was first reported by Newswatch33, a website accused of publishing fake news The story seemed to have evolved from an earlier news item that NASA had announced six days of darkness would occur in July 2015 due to severe solar storms As memory and history show, this also proved to be fake news In short, any stories you may hear about days of darkness descending on the Earth because of planetary alignments or solar activity, are very probably fake This is problematic because a global blackout can have truly deadly results

Our world suffers greatly whenever we are denied the Sun for very long Entire species of plants and animals are wiped out, and whole communities of people die In the past, such devastation is the result of very earthbound activity: volcanic eruptions Fake warnings of similar disasters amount to little more than reckless scaremongering Volcanic winters happen surprisingly frequently and there have been several periods of global cooling following an eruption

Luckily, recent volcanic winters have not had effects as dramatic as in 1815 Scientists believe global warming or a nuclear winter are much more likely to cause worldwide catastrophe Unlike events in outer space, over which we have no control, if we stay mindful of the threats that exist on our own planet, we may be able to save it

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