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Old 11 March 2011, 02:11 AM
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Icon27 Will March 19 'Supermoon' Trigger Natural Disasters?

On March 19, the moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years, lighting up the night sky from just 221,567 miles (356,577 kilometers) away. On top of that, it will be full. And one astrologer believes it could inflict massive damage on the planet.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/201103...turaldisasters
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Old 11 March 2011, 02:17 AM
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the moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years
Did it cause any disasters 18 years ago?
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Old 11 March 2011, 02:19 AM
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Because when I want the solid word on astronomy and physics I look to my neighborhood astrologer.
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Old 11 March 2011, 02:26 AM
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It was March 8 1993 (8:36am) according to the online lunar perigee and apogee calculator I found.

And I can't find any info about natural disasters on that day. (And I note that the moon was actually closer on that day than it will be on March 20 this year - 356529km as opposed to 356577 km)

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Old 11 March 2011, 07:36 AM
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In what way would it matter that it's a full moon? If anything, a full moon would lessen the effect, as we have the sun pulling in the other direction.
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Old 11 March 2011, 10:09 PM
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Well, the moon is biggest when full, right?
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Old 11 March 2011, 10:19 PM
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In what way would it matter that it's a full moon?.
I guess it would depend on what it's full of.
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Old 11 March 2011, 10:38 PM
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Will it be in the 7th house, with Jupiter aligning with Mars?
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Old 11 March 2011, 10:47 PM
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When I was competing on the Academic Competition Team (Quiz Bowl) in high school, I almost got an answer counted wrong because on the answer sheet it said a waxing moon was "getting bigger." I answered that when the moon was waxing, it was progressing more toward the full moon, and had to argue the point when the teacher moderating said "No, it says 'getting bigger'." I specifically avoided answering "getting bigger" because I knew that wasn't accurate.

And here I am, still peeved almost 20 years later, even though we were ultimately given the point. I guess I really don't like being challenged on my knowledge.

Oh, and it matters that the moon would be full for the same reason anything does in Astrology: because it's something observable they can point to. If you're asking for a scientific reason, you're asking the wrong people.
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Old 11 March 2011, 10:56 PM
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It's true It's true. All the smell of millions-year-old-cheese will knock everyone out
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Old 14 March 2011, 12:15 AM
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Well, it is true that you get particularly extreme tides when the sun, moon, and earth form a straight line -- meaning, at new moon and full moon. And having the moon be at perigee at the full or new moon enhances this effect. So in theory I suppose the gravitational influence of the moon is as large as it gets at those times -- but the difference between that and what it is when it gets to perigee every month is not enough to cause disasters. Unless you consider the prediction itself a disaster.

I've seen that the Bad Astronomer has already published a "no, the Supermoon did not cause the Japan earthquake/tsnuami" column.
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Old 14 March 2011, 12:33 AM
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So did MSNBC, and the comments section got far to many posts by people who didn't appear to have the slightest bit of understanding of geology.
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It may spawn many photographic disasters among those confused about their camera settings
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Old 14 March 2011, 10:54 AM
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Because when I want the solid word on astronomy and physics I look to my neighborhood astrologer.
I missed that bit the first time I read it. Now I'm not so worried.
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Old 14 March 2011, 11:08 AM
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Grr. Lil came home saying her school teacher had been enthusing on this topic today :flame:
Because, you know, someone correctly predicted the Christchurch earthquakes. Both of them. And the Japan disaster, more or less. In a useful, actionable manner .. oh wait, no he didn't.

Or to be more accurate, he got it right that one time out of how many?
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Skeptics spokeswoman Vicki Hyde said the lunch, at the Sign of the Kiwi tearooms, aimed to quell "unfounded fears".

"There may well be a tremor then – we're getting multiple aftershocks every day after all – but it will have nothing to do with with the phase, the position of Jupiter, dolphins beaming solar signals to the moon ... or any of the other truly odd ideas that Mr Ring has espoused."
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Old 14 March 2011, 03:11 PM
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Didn't Mr. Ring basically submit a whole bunch of "bad day" predictions for the month of February which, if you take his "within 3 days" rule into account, basically meant he was predicting that there would be an earthquake happening some time within the month? Anyway, the awesome thing about the "supermoon" is that March 6th is so far away from the supermoon time that the moon was actually slightly further away than normal, according to Phil Plait. It should be said that land masses *do* experience a slight tidal effect from the moon and there is around a 1% earthquakes during SUPERMOON situations but, again, this isn't actually the SUPERDUPERMOONIFICATION. This is the SUPERMOON on kryptonite.
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I must really need sleep. I though Johnny Slick typed SuperdupermoonFORNication. >_<
I suppose that would really mess with the tides XD
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Yow! Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years Occurs Saturday Night

Thanks to a fluke of orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than that it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon of 2011 will occur on Saturday, leading some observers to dub it a "supermoon."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/201103...ssaturdaynight
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Comment: I read on the Austin Funblog that on March 19th, the moon is
going to eat the earth. Is this true?
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The Earth is much bigger than the moon. I doubt the moon will do more than nibble a continent or two.
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