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Weather Journal: Solar Storm Balancing Act…A Myth

Posted on: 9:08 pm, March 8, 2012, by , updated on: 09:46pm, March 8, 2012

Ed's Weather Journal

Here is a great shot of Stephanie Sullivan’s kids from Whittmore today. The kids are doing the thumbs-up as brooms are balanced in front of them.

Many believe that brooms and eggs will balance on end during solar storms or during the vernal and autumnal equinox. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble…but this is a myth.

A broom or egg can be made to balance on any day of the year. Face Book was full of people posting their pictures of the balancing acts today.

We always have this same story from viewers at the start of spring and fall. There are rumors this same effect can be found when the planets in our solar system align.

Here are a few sites that have the science behind the myth.

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Snopes: Infernal Egguinox
Wired: Balancing Brooms

Have a great night.

Ed

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