Will March 19 ‘Supermoon’ Trigger Natural Disasters?

Full Moon. Photo: Bresson ThomasNatalie Wolchover asks some disturbing questions at Space.com:

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.

Richard Nolle, a noted astrologer who runs the website astropro.com, has famously termed the upcoming full moon at lunar perigee (the closest approach during its orbit) an “extreme supermoon.”

When the moon goes super-extreme, Nolle says, chaos will ensue: Huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters can be expected to wreak havoc on Earth. (It should be noted that astrology is not a real science, but merely makes connections between astronomical and mystical events.)

But do we really need to start stocking survival shelters in preparation for the supermoon?

The question is not actually so crazy. In fact scientists have studied related scenarios for decades. Even under normal conditions, the moon is close enough to Earth to make its weighty presence felt: It causes the ebb and flow of the ocean tides

[continues at Space.com]

32 Comments on "Will March 19 ‘Supermoon’ Trigger Natural Disasters?"

  1. Rex Vestri | Mar 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm |

    I’m not worried about it. I know I’m safe and secure because I’m wearing my tin foil hat!

  2. Rex Vestri | Mar 12, 2011 at 11:54 am |

    I’m not worried about it. I know I’m safe and secure because I’m wearing my TIN FOIL HAT!

  3. Miketomlison | Mar 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm |

    This article looses any form of sense in the first paragraph… “And one astrologer believes it could inflict massive damage on the planet.” that about shitcanned the entire article for me.

  4. Miketomlison | Mar 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm |

    This article looses any form of sense in the first paragraph… “And one astrologer believes it could inflict massive damage on the planet.” that about shitcanned the entire article for me.

  5. Morningside | Mar 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm |

    EXTREME SUPERMOON, FUCK YEAH!!!!

  6. Morningside | Mar 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm |

    EXTREME SUPERMOON, FUCK YEAH!!!!

  7. Butter Knife | Mar 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm |

    It will mark my exceeding 1/4 of a century on this rock.

    I belief this qualifies as a “natural disaster”.

    And here I thought astrology was bullshit.

  8. Butter Knife | Mar 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm |

    It will mark my exceeding 1/4 of a century on this rock.

    I belief this qualifies as a “natural disaster”.

    And here I thought astrology was bullshit.

  9. Well….. I mean, nobody wants to be mongered with fear. But scientists are always trying to discredit astrology as a real science, for whatever reason. They don’t have a grasp on it because they didn’t study it, and their only knowledge of it most of the time are those funtime horoscopes in the back of newspapers.

    They are scientists trained in their specific field and therefore cannot really give a solid opinion on what’s going on with those giant things in space when it comes to some occulty thing like astrology. They can stick to their field and look like experts, or they can try to talk about a foreign subject and look like fools. So….. no one wins.

  10. Well….. I mean, nobody wants to be mongered with fear. But scientists are always trying to discredit astrology as a real science, for whatever reason. They don’t have a grasp on it because they didn’t study it, and their only knowledge of it most of the time are those funtime horoscopes in the back of newspapers.

    They are scientists trained in their specific field and therefore cannot really give a solid opinion on what’s going on with those giant things in space when it comes to some occulty thing like astrology. They can stick to their field and look like experts, or they can try to talk about a foreign subject and look like fools. So….. no one wins.

    • Besides, everybody knows the moon exerts more gravity when it’s full, right?

    • Bud Bundy | Mar 13, 2011 at 5:06 am |

      You’re one of those people who prances about trying to convince us that “magick” is real aren’t you?

    • I’ve tasted science and occult equally and I prefer to put science in the first place in my reliability hierarchy.
      Magick and the occult are useful for me in some circumstances, but, to explain these kind of subjects I prefer science.

  11. Besides, everybody knows the moon exerts more gravity when it’s full, right?

  12. “(It should be noted that astrology is not a real science, but merely makes connections between astronomical and mystical events.)”

    Just because you don’t believe in something doesn’t mean you should be a dick and take cheap shots. Mystical events? How are earthquakes and volcanic eruptions “mystical events”? And since when did ths “one astrologer” become the official spokesman for astrology? There’s probably a “real scientist” out there who believes that his waffle maker wants to kill him. Why don’t they do a story on him too?

  13. “(It should be noted that astrology is not a real science, but merely makes connections between astronomical and mystical events.)”

    Just because you don’t believe in something doesn’t mean you should be a dick and take cheap shots. Mystical events? How are earthquakes and volcanic eruptions “mystical events”? And since when did ths “one astrologer” become the official spokesman for astrology? There’s probably a “real scientist” out there who believes that his waffle maker wants to kill him. Why don’t they do a story on him too?

    • Tuna Ghost | Mar 13, 2011 at 9:20 am |

      WHO TOLD YOU ABOUT MY WAFFLE MAKER

    • The author didn’t say that earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are “mystical events”. He/she wasn’t commenting on this specific example but on astrology as a whole which does in fact mix astronomical events with mystical events to predict what effect this combination will have on Earth.

  14. Bud Bundy | Mar 13, 2011 at 9:06 am |

    You’re one of those people who prances about trying to convince us that “magick” is real aren’t you?

  15. Tuna Ghost | Mar 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm |

    WHO TOLD YOU ABOUT MY WAFFLE MAKER

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  18. Disaster porn is just another manifestation of mankind’s instinctual lean towards self-destruction.

  19. Disaster porn is just another manifestation of mankind’s instinctual lean towards self-destruction.

  20. I’ve tasted science and occult equally and I prefer to put science in the first place in my reliability hierarchy.
    Magick and the occult are useful for me in some circumstances, but, to explain these kind of subjects I prefer science.

  21. The author didn’t say that earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are “mystical events”. He/she wasn’t commenting on this specific example but on astrology as a whole which does in fact mix astronomical events with mystical events to predict what effect this combination will have on Earth.

  22. thanks for the insight, mr. reznor.

  23. Don’t worry much! Be happy to see the beautiful full moon and be safe.

    from http://lovetosharethis.blogspot.com/

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