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!

Anna LeMind, B.A.

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    John Doe

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

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      Anna

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

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      Ajarmageddon

      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.

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    the avengers

    I REALLY LOVE THIS AND THANKS

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    ian

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

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    Nicki Minaj

    NOTHING GONNA HAPPEN! TRUST IN JESUS AND GOD!

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      Anna

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

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    Luvraj

    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.

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      Anna

      sure it didn’t =)

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    FU

    beautiful Moon

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    Renee

    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.

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    Meg

    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!

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    suneeta

    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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