June 11, 2011
Posted by in Natural Phenomenon | 6.27pm | 650 views
On March 19th… You may be surprised by what you will see or have seen…
For the first time in 18 years, the moon will swing around Earth very closely, lighting up our skies from just 221,567 miles (356,577 kilometers) away! Not only will the moon be very close to Earth but it will be in full as well. IMAGINE A FULL MOON SO CLOSE TO EARTH!
The moon that orbits during this period is popularly known as the ‘Supermoon’. This name was given by a noted astrologer, Richard Nolle in 1979. Many scientists however, refer to the phenomena as a ‘lunar perigee’.
In short, during this period, the Earth, Moon and Sun are all in one line… with the moon in its nearest approach to Earth.
There is a debate going on between astrologers and scientists on whether or not the ‘Supermoon’ will bring chaos to Earth. According to many astrologers, the recent earthquake may be caused by the upcoming ‘Supermoon’.
It is interesting to take note that, although the moon wasn’t in full, during the previous ‘Supermoon’ encounters in the years 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005… these years had their share of extreme weather and other natural events. One news article pointed out that the last ‘Supermoon’ occurred on January 10, 2005, around the time of the 9.0 Indonesia earthquake.
The question is, are these ‘Supermoon’ phenomena and natural events a coincidence? Hmmm… interesting.
Many scientists have refused to acknowledge the claims of ‘coincidence’. One scientific explanation to this is that the weather is caused by an incredibly complex interaction between the Earth’s rotations, the heat input from the sun and the way the oceans and seas absorb and radiate heat.
However, it is also said that if the Moon contributes in any way, it is very, very small compared to other major factors.
So did the earthquake in Japan happen because of the ‘Supermoon’… will there be more natural disasters when the Moon reaches its perigee? No one knows… but I guess we will find out on March 19th.
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