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NASA Blackout Warning


Claim:   NASA has announced that a multi-day worldwide blackout will occur in December 2014.

FALSE

Examples:

[Collected via e-mail, October 2014]

NASA confirms that the earth will experience 6 days of darkness from 16-22 DECEMBER 2014 due to severe solar storms.

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Origins:   No, the universe is not about to realign in December 2014, nor will there be a multi-day blackout at that time during which the Earth will shift into a new dimension. Neither NASA nor any other credible scientific
entity has made such a pronouncement. Ever.

This item originated back in 2012, when interest in the belief that the Mayan calendar would end on 21 December 2012 (thus foretelling the end of the world as we know it) was running high, and it has simply been updated and recirculated with the year 2014 replacing the original references to 2012.

A link included in many of the Facebook posts and e-mail forwards that make this claim takes users to a video in which NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr. talks about the importance of family preparedness in times of disaster. While Bolden does wax on about the need for families to prepare in advance for unforeseen events (whether they be floods, earthquakes, or terrorist attacks) by taking such steps as agreeing ahead of time where they will all meet should they be separated by disaster, nowhere in that video does he make mention of planetary blackouts, universe realignments, or shifts to the zero dimension. The video link was clearly added to the piece in an effort to provide at least a semblance of credibility to the hogwash presented therein:


In fact, what NASA originally said about the planetary alignment theory (within a much larger article about the false rumor of the Mayan calendar's predicting the end of the world in 2012) was that "There is no planet alignment on the winter solstice in 2012." The same goes for 2014.

Additional information:  
    The Sun-Earth Connection: Heliophysics 101 The Sun-Earth Connection: Heliophysics 101
Last updated:   23 October 2014

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