Standing Brooms: Can Planetary / Planet Alignments Make Brooms Stand By Themselves By Gravitational Pull?

During the planetary alignment, can you balance a broom?
During the planetary alignment, can you balance a broom? | Source
Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton | Source

Gravitational Wonder or Hoax?

In 2009, Facebook exploded with thousands of personal videos of "standing brooms" possible due to a unique planetary alignment of Venus, Jupiter and the moon. According to the posters, brooms and even eggs stand on their own and remain standing until they are physically moved due to a heightened gravitational pull due to the alignment.


Since mid February 2012, Venus and Jupiter have been converging into alignment with the moon and are expected to be perfectly aligned on March 22, 2012. Visible world wide, could these three planets in alignment affect the gravitation pull of the Earth? According to NASA, slight gravitational affects are possible but any alignments of the planets can not cause major shifts or catastrophes for the Earth. NASA outlines Newton's formula on gravity to explain:

The force between any two objects having masses M1 and M2 separated by a distance R is an attraction along the line joining the objects and has a magnitude:



F = (G x M1 x M2) / (R x R)


The universal gravitational constant which has a value of 6.6732 x 10-11 newton-meters2/kg2 for all pairs of objects. It is defined to be the amount of force needed to accelerate a 1 kg mass at 1 meter per sec2.




Newton's Chart of Gravity By Planet

The weight and gravity potential of each planet.
The weight and gravity potential of each planet. | Source
The size of planets in relation to one another.
The size of planets in relation to one another. | Source

Applying Newton's Law of Gravity to Planetary Alignment


The sun's gravitational strength is far greater than the earth's, since the planets all orbit the sun and do not exhibit any very large accelerations caused by the earth or by one another. Newton asserted if the force was proportional to the mass of the object being acted on, then it would also make sense if the determining factor in the gravitational strength of the object exerting the force was its own mass. Assuming there were no other factors affecting the gravitational force, then the only other thing needed to make predictions of gravitational forces would be a proportionality constant. Newton called that proportionality constant G. From this theory, Newton was able to declare that gravity is one objects "attraction" to another object.

The only "planet" with enough power to change the gravitational pull on Earth is the Moon.



Planetary Alignment March 2012

Can Planetary Alignments Cause Brooms to Stand?

According to the theories of science, NO.. planetary alignments can not cause a considerable amount of gravitational change to make brooms stand alone. If this were the case, objects weighing less than brooms would stand alone. A shift in the Earth's gravitational pull would cause things not only to stand, but float and the effects would be obvious.

Most people do not attempt to stand a broom upright on occasions other than planetary alignments. Coincidentally, brooms with even bristles will stand up regardless of planetary activity. As an experiment, I myself attempted to get an angled brush to stand and it does. This occurance is not a phenomenon of planetary aligment and should be considered a hoax.

Standing Broom Myth

Even an angled broom will stand alone.
Even an angled broom will stand alone. | Source

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KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

This was really cool! I had no clue about this broom standing controversy. The planets are so interesting and it is always funny to me how we will use just about anything to explain...well...ANYTHING! Nice hub.


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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

I did not know you did scientific hubs. I did not know about planetary alignments this march. I am a big fan of Newton and I love how you bring his principles across.


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TENKAY 4 years ago from Philippines

I've been following planetary alignment for the reason that it doesn't happen everyday. I agree with you, it really won't affect the earth because for one thing these planets are just too far away and second the gravitational force is not that strong, your mathematical explanation can attest to that.

What I want to know during the planetary alignment occurrence is, will I be luckier, happier, etc...


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks KrystalD. People are standing up brooms everywhere. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Rasta1! There is a major earthquake watch world wide in March due to this alignment. I hope this isn't correct. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Tenkay,

I like to follow the alignments too, especially the Great Cosmic line up on December 12, 2012. I have been amazed in my lifetime seeing how astrophysics and astrology are so related. Great points of discussion. Thanks for your comment!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

tammy - you're magic! Hehe...actually, I think it's more magical that you were able to explain using mathematical equations. I'm *so* challenged in math. I can do it, but I don't like it one bit. :) Fun hub, and I'm marking my calendar for March 22 to watch the sky!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ha! Ok well I just want to find a broom I can take for a ride! Lol

It would be interesting to see things stand on their own - but from the perpective of a real housewife - it sounds really messy so I hooe that doesn have to happen! Lol

I am so math dumb...wow - super up and awesome and FUN!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks cclitgirl. There are so many theories about what will happen with planetary alignments and the simple laws show that some things are not possible. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Realhousewife. I would lend you my broom, but I have to run to the store later.. LOL! I also tried an egg for this experiment but it didn't work. Science can be fun. I appreciate your perky visits.


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Nikita lmfao 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

Never knew that astrology/ planetary influence was a universal concept .. as in India, every 3rd person you would bump in to is an astrologer or palmist!

Its just a matter of intuition..

Was reading an article which suggested that Titanic sank because moon was CLOSEST to the earth in 200 years which had caused high tides to push icebergs from their usual positions..

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Moon+deserves+bla...


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

Ah, but the moon sure does have an effect on the societal behaviour of the average adolescent human...


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

This was fun. Was waiting for you to be near the broom...to say hi! Epsilon equated to zero. This was a fantabulous read. I wonder if Newton could read from the grave..he would say:"Some yeoman peasant has stolen my formula.."

LORD


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Like this hub and the lord's word fantabulous for it Tammy. The laws of science are comforting in certain situations like this one, in others, well, that's another story. Science and Spirit should just go-ahead and get married; they'd make an unbeatable team together.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for sharing that Nikita! I had never heard the theory about the Titanic before. That is an interesting idea! I appreciate you sharing that.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

It sure does Marc! Those full moons encourage child births to crazy behavior. I wish there was an equation for predicting that.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Lord! Newton may be concerned that a blonde female was interpreting his work.. LOL! Thanks for your warm and humourous comment!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading Alastar. The laws of science are human laws and the fact that we know so little takes away some of that comfort. You are so right.. Science and Spirit should be married.. or at least science needs to make some provisions for spirit. I don't think it is wise for science or human beings to not account for that. Thanks for sharing that!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

LOL Tammy!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

well explained Tammy. I thank god that the broom will not stand by itself 'cause if it would have happened...March 22nd..men would be flying..lol

We are able to walk on this planet 'cause of gravity...imagine...cars flying...gosh...what a nightmare!

interesting hub..indeed and voting up and sharing!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What an interesting hub Tammy--very well explained and just really interesting--


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Ruchira. If we had the slightest change in the gravity of Earth, much more would be happening than standing brooms. I think there is so much we don't know when it comes to the effects of the moon and etc. but any variation in gravity would affect so much more. Thanks for your visit!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Audrey Howitt! I appreciate your visit.


kim 4 years ago

I am able to stand pennies and nickles up,along with my broom. Is this because pennies and nickles could always do this, but I never tried til now since seeing all the brooms standing on facebook?


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

I'm sure that parents would prefer that brooms were made to stand by their children sweeping the floor, during and before planetary alignments. Nicely done -- and I'd like to add that the moon exerts more gravitational pull on the earth than any alignment of the planets. This is why we have tides. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Kim, I am assuming they would always stand alone. I got my angled broom to stand. Before this mention, I never thought about doing this. I could not get an egg to stand. Thanks for reading!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Alocsin! Science is great. Thanks for the tip and your wonderful visit.


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Sunshyne1975 4 years ago from California, US

Great hub, lol. My broom has been standing on it's own for about an hour now, so I went seeking an explanation and I found it here. Thank you, my daughter is going to be disappointed though. :)


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BrooklynShoeBabe 4 years ago

Thank you for this article. I saw another site mentioning the broom trick and I wanted to find out if it were possible. Because of this alignment, are planets more visible to the naked eye during clear nights? This past Friday night, I saw what I think were two VERY BRIGHT stars but then I wondered perhaps they were planets because of their brightness. Thank you.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Those two bright "stars" you are seeing around the moon are Venus and Jupiter. The full alignment will take place on March 22, 2012. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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LucidDreams 4 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

Hey Tammy, cool hub. I really dig astronomy and related fields. I enjoyed the hub, guess I need to spend more time paying attentiona and learning instead of just observing and enjoying.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading Lucid Dreams. I appreciate your visit!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I am in awe of you! No wonder I consider you my mentor.This is just way too cool! I taught Science and I'm in wonder over this. Way to go, Tammy!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Congrats on your success with this, I just had to come by and read, I could not believe that anybody would actually believe this! lol! hysterical! but well done! rated up! cheers nell


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks so much much Billybuc! You are too kind!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading Nell. I was shocked to see that brooms stand on end.. lol. Thanks for visiting!


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HubTub 4 years ago from The Sunshine State

Fascinating hub, Tammy. I have been curious about the objects I have been observing in the sky over the last few weeks, as I am often outside at night, viewing the sky. Now, I know! Tomorrow, it's off to play with brooms! ;) Thanks for sharing this! Up, up and away!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading and all your sharing Hub Tub. You rock!


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Joesy Shmoesy 4 years ago from New England

Awesome! I just saw someone do this recently, only they were looking from a paranormal point of view. I certainly couldn't explain it. Now I know, and I am cracking up about it. Thanks for setting me straight!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Joesy. That reminds me, now that the eclipse has passed, I am going to try to stand my broom up again to see if it will still stand. I have a feeling it will.. LOL. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


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Brandym2012 4 years ago from PA

It's so funny you wrote this article. Every time I walk into my kitchen, when Luke is here. He has the magic broom standing there waiting on me. Haha! Well anyhow thank you for sharing this.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for reading! The alignment is over so if brooms are still standing it isn't due to the planetary alignment. :)


dussie 4 years ago

why can my fiancé stand a 24 foot ladder extended on end and it balances itself...that's more than just a broom or and egg

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