Skip to comments.'Supermoon' phenomena to occur Saturday night
Posted on 05/02/2012 11:15:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin
If you take a look at the full moon this Saturday night and think it looks bigger than usual, youll be right.
The largest, brightest full moon of the year, nicknamed supermoon by astrologer Richard Nolle back in 1979, will happen when the moon is full on its closest approach to Earth. Scientists said it will be a mere 221,802 miles away, approximately 17,000 miles closer than usual.
The last supermoon happened in March 2011.
The supermoon promises higher than normal tides, but scientists say there should be no concern about the lunar events effects.
On NASAs website, Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said, The effects on Earth from a supermoon are minor, and according to the most detailed studies by terrestrial seismologists and volcanologists, the combination of the moon being at its closest to Earth in its orbit, and being in its 'full moon' configuration (relative to the Earth and sun), should not affect the internal energy balance of the Earth since there are lunar tides every day.
The Earth has stored a tremendous amount of internal energy within its thin outer shell or crust, and the small differences in the tidal forces exerted by the moon (and sun) are not enough to fundamentally overcome the much larger forces within the planet due to convection (and other aspects of the internal energy balance that drives plate tectonics).
Nonetheless, these supermoon times remind us of the effect of our 'Africa-sized' nearest neighbor on our lives, affecting ocean tides and contributing to many cultural aspects of our lives (as a visible aspect of how our planet is part of the solar system and space).
The moon will appear most impressive when viewed when low on the horizon, creating an optical illusion that it is bigger than it actually is.
And Zombie supplies, or Anti-Zombie supplies, depending on which side you are on.
Well, I have noticed that the amount of “moonbattery” has been excessively high during the past few days.
Can we take much more of that?
” but scientists say there should be no concern about the lunar events effects.”
Yeah,,, except on my ex-wife! I’d like to “Super Moon” her!
It should be pretty easy for somebody with a little time to chart earthquake frequency/intensity vs. lunar orbit.
We don’t want to cause undo worry do we? ;)
Werewolves. You are thinking of werewolves.
If you say so.
Great! I’m tired of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart movies about vampires!
“The last supermoon happened in March 2011.”
The 9.0 Tohoku quake happened in in March of 2011!
WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE.........again.
For pity's sake, find an astronomer to quote, not a charlatan.
These guys are composites, just like Obama's girlfriends.
Speaking of charlatans, I see Giorgio Tsoukalos has officially jumped the shark with his “Ancient Aliens” series. It thought it was bad last week when he said the Mayan Calendar is a representation of the large Hadron collider but now he’s claiming that aliens killed the dinosaurs.
We're letting astrologers name things now?
our 'Africa-sized' nearest neighbor
The surface area of the moon is about 25% larger than Africa.
The diameter of the moon is less than half the distance from Cairo to Cape Town.
Two weeks later, on May 20th, there will be an annular eclipse of the sun that will be visible over the western third of the US.
ROFL. Ancient Aliens.
You forgot to give their website for those who might be in the area at the time;
I shall celebrate by taking a midnite stroll in the nude down my street while I delight in the screams of horror from my neighbors.....
It happens every 12 to 13 months. Don’t see what is so special about it.
Now the Venus transit in June, THAT is something to get ready for.
Last one in anyone here’s lifetime.
I am planning on watching and videoing the event from Disney World.
LOL I knew immediately that was Moon the Amtrak! (I used to live in Laguna Niguel, home of that notorious tradition!)
Well, they both are round.
I think not.