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Supermoon on Sat night will not trigger disaster,

says NASA


I wonder about that

 

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18 Mar 11: "Mark your calendar," says NASA. "On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It's a super "perigee moon"--the biggest in almost 20 years."

 

"The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," says Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory in Washington DC. "I'd say it's worth a look."

"Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 50,000 km (30,000 miles) closer to Earth than the other diagram below). Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the Moon's orbit."
 


"Contrary to some reports circulating the Internet," says NASA, "perigee Moons do not trigger natural disasters. The "super moon" of March 1983, for instance, passed without incident. And an almost-super Moon in Dec. 2008 also proved harmless."

I wonder about that. Anything that can raise the tides to even higher levels is an awesome force. If the moon can tug on the entire ocean, which is a liquid (obviously), then why can't it also tug on the lava in volcanoes, which is also liquid?   - Robert

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/16mar_supermoon/
Thanks to Joe Herr for this link
 


18 Mar 11 - 10pm news in Aus just reported another 6 scale quake in Japan and Indonesia is evac ing folks as a volcano goes kaboom. Yesterday evening severe flood and storms expected in central and south Australia. Moonrise was pretty, big with subtle colours due to the haze of stubble burning. Makes it hard to imagine Japans misery when everything here is so normal.              - Laurel

I am not a trained scientist.  I am an interested observer, however I recall an expression attributed to the French.  "Nothing is true until it is officially denied." Food for thought FWIW.             - Steven Rowlandson

 

 


 



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