WASHINGTON, D.C. – NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience 1 day of total darkness between on June 2nd, 2016. The event, according to NASA, hasn’t occurred in over 1 Million years.
Astronomers from NASA have indicated that the world will remain in complete darkness starting on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at 3 a.m. and will end on Friday 3rd, 2016 at 4:15 a.m. According to officials, the ” June Black Out” event will be caused by another astronomical event between Saturn and Jupiter.
Charles Bolden, who was appointed to head of NASA by President Obama, issued a 1000 page document explaining the event to the White House.
According to the report, on June 1st, 2016, Saturn and Jupiter will engage in a close parallelism, only being separated by 1 degree. Saturn will pass to the southwest of Jupiter, causing Saturn to shine 10 times brighter than Jupiter. The light from Saturn will heat up the gases on Jupiter causing a reaction.
The sun will then attempt to cease the explosions by emitting heat from its core. The heat will cause the Sun to dim to a bluish color.
Once the sun reaches the bluish color, it will take approximately 1 day to restore its normal surface temperature, returning its normal color to the Red Giant.
While the sun is cooling the surface, the light from the sun will be much dimmer. Because it takes anywhere from 7 to 8 and a half minutes depending on the Earth’s rotation for light from the sun to hit Earth, people will not know the event has happened until 2:58 a.m. on June 2nd.
Some areas of the world may experience brief moments of light for 7 to 8 minutes, but the Earth will then go back to complete darkness until the Sun’s surface temperature has been restored.
Bolden held a conference with the Obama Administration to discuss further details of the “Black Out” event. According to Bolden, “We do not expect any major effects from the Black Out event. The only effect this event will have on Earth is an increase of 6 to 8 degrees in temperature. The polar cap will not be majorly affected by this. No one should worry much. This event would be similar to what Alaskans experience in the winter.”
With 1 day of darkness ahead, one can only imagine what will happen on Earth. Despite NASA’s attempt to keep the public calm regarding the black out, with that many days of darkness, something is bound to happen.