(The site author claims that Earth's axis of rotation has slipped by another 26 degrees, to yield an axial tilt of 49 degrees, and that the truth is being covered up by the scientific community. Lulz.)
What caused the slippage?
The melting of the polar regions has thrown off the balance of the earth. As the glaciers have nearly melted, the weight at the north pole has decreased. This has allowed the heavier, wider portion of the earth at the equator to start slipping downward, thus increasing the tilt significantly.
Why has no one noticed?
It did not slip all at once. It has been a slow change over the past 20 years, but two of the most significant axial shifts occurred between Dec 4 and 6, 2006.
Despite common misperception, an event like this can happen silently rather than a catastrophic sudden change. A 2000 mile shift would not be felt any more than you can feel the rotation of the earth. The earth rotates nearly 25,000 miles every day. About 1038 miles every hour. You cannot feel a 2000 mile change in the axis any more than you can feel the earth rotate or orbit the sun.
The star layout would only be a miniscule change which the average person would not notice. In the night sky, it would only be inches difference in the stars between the Dakotas and Mexico latitudes. See the "Star Chart" section on the main menu to see the comparison.
Even though this moved our latitude to the south by apx 2000 miles, there is only a 10-20 degree Fahrenheit temperature difference between central American and the Dakotas during the summer. So temperatures normally in the 80's would now be in the 90's to 100's degree Fahrenheit range. Thus it would be reported as a heat wave. The mid US now has a tropical climate.
In the winter months, we will experience cold waves and ice storms because our increased tilt will have us tilted farther away from the sun in the winter months.
The astronomers, astrophysicists, meteorologists have all been silenced by the government to avoid panic, but the United Kingdom has been giving out information pamphlets to their citizens on how to cope with the permanent changes to the weather.
N/A, How & Why: The Changing of the Axial Tilt 25 Comments
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1/16/2010 1:31:37 AM
In that case as I type this it should be daylight outside.
1/16/2010 2:30:57 AM
This is the craziest hypothesis i've seen in a while.
1/16/2010 4:35:57 AM
"As the glaciers have nearly melted, the weight at the north pole has decreased. This has allowed the heavier, wider portion of the earth at the equator to start slipping downward, thus increasing the tilt significantly."
GRAVITY DOES NOT WORK LIKE THAT!
1/16/2010 5:54:21 AM
The mid US now has a tropical climate.
Dude, I'm in Denver, Colorado. Believe me when I say the last fucking thing we have is palm trees and jungle. My father was in Vietnam, I think he'd know a jungle if he saw one.
What do we have? High plains, bordering on desert, to the point a rainstorm is newsworthy.
1/16/2010 7:42:20 AM
Uhh if the axial tilt changed that much we'd be dead.
1/16/2010 9:17:49 AM
I imagine the Earth will finally fall over on its tummy, then comically rock back and forth before settling down.
1/16/2010 11:10:07 AM
Um... someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but if the earth tilted an additional 26 degrees, wouldn't even non-professional astronomers notice that the north star wasn't north anymore and that the constellations weren't in the right places?
1/16/2010 11:55:35 AM
"The star layout would only be a miniscule change which the average person would not notice."
Sure - no-one's going to notice a shift of TWENTY-SIX DEGREES! (Note also that this is the same phenomenon that apparently causes the sun to rise in the north. Talk about minuscule changes!)
Also from the site:
"The sun should never rise or set to the north of the tropic of cancer."
Um, are you using the words "rise" and "set" in a manner I'm unfamiliar with?
"....as the planet lays on its side and rotates."
I've got the feeling that Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton are all doing this right now.
1/16/2010 5:03:49 PM
Your saying the Earth got pissy drunk and fell on her 'face' with out Earthlings noticing? LOL
1/16/2010 5:31:26 PM
Vegetable Rights Activist
Dude, 60 degree weather in January does not mean the world is going to fucking end.
1/16/2010 6:24:54 PM
Why has no one noticed?
Because you're not sharing the drugs you took.
1/16/2010 8:42:01 PM
Probably we are as drunk as the Earth.
However, more probably, the only drunk one was the author of this prime bullshit.
1/16/2010 8:59:45 PM
We'd sure as fuck notice something that big. It'd cause, y'know, a huge change in the seasons and a shift in the position of the equator.
1/17/2010 1:13:10 AM
A slip of 26 degrees would make a major difference to regional climate, not to mention the sunrise / sunset times. Why don't people check these things out before posting? A look out of your window would tell you that much!
1/17/2010 1:32:02 PM
If that happened then the kind of climate change we're causing would be peanuts compared to what would be. Also, the star charts would be radically different.
1/17/2010 7:35:04 PM
But what would that do to the time cube?
1/17/2010 10:07:38 PM
At least this explains why my satnav couldn't find Wellingborough despite actually being there.
1/18/2010 1:37:13 AM
I'm in the UK there are no pamphlets, this is exactly the kind of shit you can say happens in other countries because you know no-one can be arsed to check it out.
1/18/2010 3:41:13 AM
This would be noticed very, very easily by ~everyone on Earth~. The seasonal cycle changing that much in 20 years would be glaringly obvious.
1/18/2010 10:30:10 AM
I think it's funny how he seems to think that gravity is pulling land at the equator down. Down to what, the South Pole? Gravity doesn't work that way. It pulls down to the center of the earth, not toward the South Pole.
1/18/2010 6:43:28 PM
Yes, nobody notice a change in 26 degrees..............because suddenly the laws of mathematics have suddenly gone mad.
1/19/2010 2:37:44 AM
Are you telling me the fucking scientists moved the stars around so I wouldn't notice an extra tilt?
Polaris has not moved from that spot over my house since I been born. Piss off.
1/19/2010 6:27:01 AM
What is this I don't even
1/21/2010 9:22:55 AM
ROFL. Melting polar ice throwing off balance... that's priceless.
If the axial tilt was off by that much, the government wouldn't be able to cover it up -- we'd all notice it, what with the seasons being ENTIRELY FUCKED UP, the equator magically moving by 26 degrees and night/day suddenly occurring at different hours.
1/24/2010 3:27:40 AM