Saturday, August 9, 2014

Supermoons...come again?

The supermoon of March 19, 2011 (right), compared to a more average moon of December 20, 2010 (left), as viewed from Earth

What is the deal with SuperMoons?

Let’s go to Wikipedia

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.

What do Astronomers say?
The term supermoon is not used within the astronomical community, which use the term perigee-syzygy or perigee full/new moon.[10] Perigee is the point at which the Moon is closest in its orbit to the Earth, and syzygy is when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are aligned, which happens at every full or new moon. Hence, a Supermoon can be regarded as a combination of the two, although they do not perfectly coincide each time.

What about astrologers?
Richard Nolle was the astrologer who actually coined the term “Supermoon.”   And thus probably the reason why astronomers don’t like to use the term since their hard on against astrology is legendary.  Anyway, you can find the list of Supermoons on Richard Nolle’s site  HERE.    And here is his FB page 

I am intrigued by Nolle and other astrologers who track natural disasters and if you do a search you will find  several who tie large Earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis (2004 Tsunami) near a SuperMoon.

By the way, here’s an interesting discussion on Moon Quakes caused by the gravitational pull of Earth. How hard is it to think of the opposite? Would not the Moon pull on Earth?


Seismic activity or not, it can be a loaded Moon.  Emotional, hard headed, volatile, it all depends on the other aspects but my opinion is it is a full moon with a wee bit of steroids.     

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