CLAIM: A planetary conjunction in 2012 will negatively affect Earth and its inhabitants!
FACTS: Conjunctions occur when two or more celestial bodies appear near one another in the sky; of course the alignment depends on where the viewer is standing. From Earth we witness conjunctions very often, every year we can see conjunctions between the Sun and the Moon and/or some other planet and even between two or more planets. A Grand Conjunction is the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn; these happen every 18-20 years and the last one was on May 31, 2000 and the next one will be in December 2020!
A conjunction of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn occur on average every 57 years. In 1962 the Sun, the Moon and the five visible planets were all aligned and nothing happened!
Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars Sun, Mercury, Venus, Saturn
Jupiter and Saturn conjunction 2.4.1962 and Mars conjunction 21.12.2012
Gravity is the only force that another planet, the Sun, or the Moon could exert on Earth. The force of gravity from the Moon on its closest approach is more than 10 times as strong as the force from all the other planets combined! The force of gravity from Jupiter and Saturn combined is less than the force of gravity you can feel from a passing bus. All of this implies that a conjunction of any type, even with all the planets, the Sun, and the Moon will not affect Earth, its weather, volcanoes, magnetic field, etc in any way whatsoever.
There is a huge amount of evidence for the existence of a super massive black hole at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy but its gravitational influence on Earth is negligible compared with the Moon’s gravitational pull; the gravitational force between Earth and the Moon is thousands of times larger than the force between Earth and this black hole! So even if all the planets, the Sun and the Moon all lined up with the galactic center, there would be no discernable difference in the gravitational forces involved.
The following links offer information on dates of future conjunctions and the planets involved:
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