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The Science Behind Friday The 13th: Why Is It 'Unlucky?'

Science of Superstition

If you are superstitious then today is your unlucky day. 

Friday the 13th rolls around again this year, but why is it so unlucky? Despite the fact there is no logical or scientific reason to support the hype of Friday the 13th, people still strongly believe in it. Ever since the beginning of time, humans have been trying to find ways to explain tragedy and unwanted occurrences. For some people, it’s easier to blame “bad luck” for misfortune rather than succumb to unexplainable pain and suffering.

Today is the second (and last) Friday the 13th of the year. Even though the date is known throughout Western culture as one tainted with evil and negativity, it's really just another Friday on the calendar. There is no difference between today and yesterday, or last Friday, regarding luck. Right?

Friday the 13th - alfred hitchcock

It's 2019, and people are far less superstitious than were people who lived in the Middle Ages, when superstition was commonplace. Well, maybe not, said Kenneth Drinkwater, a parapsychologist at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. "We're actually really superstitious now, if not more so, and yet we think we're not," he said. 

But get this. According to NASA,  On Friday, April 13th 2029, millions of people are going to go outside, look up and marvel at their good luck. A point of light will be gliding across the sky, faster than many satellites, brighter than most stars.

What's so lucky about that? It's an asteroid.... Not hitting Earth. This asteroid is known as 2004 MN4. For a while astronomers thought it would though. NASA's Near Earth Object Program office calculated a 1-in-60 chance that 2004 MN4 would collide with Earth. Impact date: April 13, 2029.

NASA's depiction of Earth and asteroid 2004 MN4 

There's no legitimate answer for the hype behind this day. What's your outlook on it? Are you avoiding black cats and mirrors today? Is it just another day in the week for you? Let us know on social media! 

In the meantime, check out NASA's Friday the 13th, 2029 post here.

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