This May, we will have a spectacular celestial event – a super moon!
The 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 as powerful, neither by the intensity nor by the duration of their effect. The full moon on May 6, 2012, has become a hot topic of discussion in scientific circles because it is going to be one of the most powerful super moons of recent years.
You have probably heard about the link between the full moon and human behavior. There is also a link between the phase of the moon and natural phenomena on Earth. When the moon is in its perigee, it is at its closest to our planet. For this reason, a super moon is sometimes associated with tremendous natural disasters, as well as with social uprisings.
NASA created 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 the convincing statements of scientists with prejudice. Some people even get to the point to worry about the upcoming super moon, based 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 it means absolutely nothing to skeptics and just rational people, for superstitious individuals and fans of conspiracy theories, it is a real thing!
So, the only thing is clear: the super moon of May 6 will be a unique observable phenomenon and will give us a fascinating celestial spectacle!
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