Jupiter Effect to happen this morning

It is a once in a life time event and its happening today.  

Its called The Jupiter Effect where wobbles in our orbit caused by the gravitational pull of Jupiter and Venus become more intense.  

Jupiter and Venus are strong influences on Earth because of their size and proximity.  

Astronomer Nigel Bothwait of the Planetary Institute of Toronto says we're going to experience an event today that only happens once every 405,000 years when the gravitational force of those two planets will allow us to 'become lighter' at exactly 08:16:30 Monday morning.  

At that specific moment, gravity at sea level will be reduced by 0.7% significantly effecting our buoyancy.  

Bothwait says if you attempt to jump at that moment, you will notice the Jupiter Effect which will allow you to stay in the air a little longer while you actually feel a little lighter.  

We will also experience a new moon on April 5th.  

Although the effect of this phenomenon will be greatest at 8:16:30 on Monday, the effect will continue at a decreased level until the new moon cancels the effect on April 5th. 


Here's the science behind the phenomenon - 

Gravity on Earth is 9.8 m/s2, meaning an object falling freely (ignoring the effects of air resistance) will increase by about 9.8 m/s every second.  Gravity on Mount Huascaran in Peru is 0.7% lower at 9.76 m/s2.  

At an elevation of 6,768 m (22,205 ft), Mount Huascaran has lower gravity than Mount Everest (8,848 m/29,029 ft) due to its proximity to the equator, where centrifugal force causes objects at the equator to be farther from the Earth's core than objects at the poles (due to the equatorial bulge) thus reducing gravitational pull.