Look Up! It's SUPER MOON! Tonight (Video)
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21-03-2011, 12:43 PM
RE: Look Up! It's SUPER MOON! Tonight (Video)
Could we get a geologist to back this stuff up?

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21-03-2011, 01:05 PM
RE: Look Up! It's SUPER MOON! Tonight (Video)
http://www.space.com/11113-supermoon-sci...ation.html
Quote:It is called a supermoon because this is a very noticeable alignment that at first glance would seem to have an effect," Garvin explained. "The 'super' in supermoon is really just the appearance of being closer, but unless we were measuring the Earth-Moon distance by laser rangefinders (as we do to track the LRO [Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter] spacecraft in low lunar orbit and to watch the Earth-Moon distance over years), there is really no difference."

It was astrologer Richard Nolle who linked the full moon of March 19 to natural disasters. He claimed that this "supermoon" would trigger massive earthquakes, volcanoes and powerful storms when it arrived. But scientists assure that this is not the case. ['Supermoon' Did Not Cause Japan Earthquake and Tsunami]

Garvin, for example, said the moon's effects on Earth have been the subject of extensive studies.

"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," Garvin wrote.

But while the moon helps drive Earth's tides, it is not capable of triggering devastating earthquakes.

"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)," Garvin explained.

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21-03-2011, 02:14 PM
RE: Look Up! It's SUPER MOON! Tonight (Video)
(21-03-2011 01:05 PM)Kikko Wrote:  It was astrologer Richard Nolle who linked the full moon of March 19 to natural disasters. He claimed that this "supermoon" would trigger massive earthquakes, volcanoes and powerful storms when it arrived. But scientists assure that this is not the case. ['Supermoon' Did Not Cause Japan Earthquake and Tsunami]
Good... that would have spoiled the nice view...

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21-03-2011, 03:39 PM
RE: Look Up! It's SUPER MOON! Tonight (Video)
Yay for knowledge :3

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22-03-2011, 04:29 AM
RE: Look Up! It's SUPER MOON! Tonight (Video)
And do you know why the moon was so spectacular.
I will tell you - it has been raining solidly for two days either side of the full moon.
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