Super Moon: unique celestial phenomenon in May 2012

super moonThe Moon’s distance from the Earth is not always the same due to the elliptical shape of the orbit and variations in the gravitational attraction between the Moon, Earth and Sun.

When a full moon occurs close to the perigee of the Moon (a point of its closest approach to the Earth) and its distance from our planet is much smaller than the usual one, then we can observe a “super moon” phenomenon.

Although every year there is from 4 to 6 super moons, not all are the same powerful, neither by the intensity nor by the duration of their effect. It has caused many discussions in scientific circles about the full moon on May 6, 2012 which is going to be one of the most powerful in years.

The fact that the perigee is over time associated with tremendous natural disasters, as well as with social uprisings, has made Nasa create a video that explains what is going to happen on 5 and 6 May, 2012.

Did a super moon sink the Titanic?

However, many take with prejudice the convincing statements of scientists and even get to the point to base on a recently published theory claiming that the Titanic was sunk by a powerful super moon! They add that this year’s perigee will occur exactly 100 years after the legendary shipwreck. If for rational people it means absolutely nothing, for fans of “non-accidental coincidences” it is a real highlight!

So, the only thing is clear: the super moon of May 6 will be a unique observable phenomenon and will give us a fascinating visual effect!



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Anna LeMind

Anna LeMind

Anna is the founder and lead editor of the website Learning-mind.com. She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics regarding introversion, consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.
By | 2017-01-13T21:56:22+00:00 April 1st, 2012|Categories: Uncommon Science, Universe|Tags: , , |13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. John Doe May 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    There was no moon in the sky the night the Titanic sunk. Please recheck your facts before posting them.

    • Anna LeMind
      Anna May 2, 2012 at 9:29 pm - Reply

      have you been there? 🙂
      and what do u mean ‘there was no moon’? moon is always there just we don’t always see it! 🙂

    • Ajarmageddon May 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm - Reply

      John Doe, although there was no visible supermoon in the night sky the suggestion is that because the moon was in perigee (it’s closest distance to earth) it assisted in the Titanic disaster.

      As quoted in the text of the question, rational people will no that supermoon or no, this was a navigational disaster due to tactical influence, not lunar influence.

      Whether there was a visible supermoon in the night sky or not has nothing to do with it as the moon will continue to influence our planet.

  2. the avengers May 4, 2012 at 10:22 am - Reply

    I REALLY LOVE THIS AND THANKS

  3. ian May 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    thinking about doing a nighttrek to one of Philippines creepiest mountains… like seriously

  4. Nicki Minaj May 6, 2012 at 3:41 am - Reply

    NOTHING GONNA HAPPEN! TRUST IN JESUS AND GOD!

    • Anna LeMind
      Anna May 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      sure that nothing will happen! let’s just enjoy this beautiful phenomenon

  5. Luvraj May 6, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Already i know this information but, wt i think that the Titanic ship was not sunk by due to moon appears!

    Thanks i luv to have this kind of atricals.

    • Anna LeMind
      Anna May 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm - Reply

      sure it didn’t =)

  6. FU May 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    beautiful Moon

  7. Renee May 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    My menstral cycle is ALWAYS between 28 -29 days. This month after the super moon I’ve had a 15 day cycle. Is it possible there is any connection here. Puzzled as this has never happened to me before.

  8. Meg May 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Yes – my period was 10 days late and I was so wiped out and in so much pain for 4 days – extremely unusual for me – both the lateness and prolonged paid and fatigue. i have spoken to 4 other women who had a similar experience last week…. so the super moon did SOMETHING to our cycles. Not nice!

  9. suneeta May 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    It will seem huge as it rises. Scientists don’t really know why, but the moon appears larger to us when it’s near the horizon. This moon illusion is in our minds, they say. You can prove it’s an illusion: Hold the eraser of a pencil, or some other small object, at arm’s length and compare it with the size of the moon as it rises. Do the same thing later in the evening when the moon is high up. You’ll measure no difference.

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Super Moon: unique celestial phenomenon in May 2012