My husband firmly believes full moons cause craziness. It drives me crazy. Not the moon, but his theory. For example, he’ll be acting like the biggest jerk and I’ll ask him what the deal is. Full moon, is the only reply.
When our daughter refuses to sleep and just generally wreaks tantrum havoc in her bedroom, often pushing her little mouth right up to the crack under the door so we are sure to hear her scream, Serge will turn to me smugly and say two words: full moon.
So is a SuperMoon the same thing? And why are some people blaming it for the 8.9 earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami?
According to astrologist, Richard Nolle, who says he coined the term SuperMoon in 1979, it’s a new or full moon which occurs when the moon is 90% or greater of its closest approach to Earth. Nolle believes SuperMoons herald disaster.
On March 19, the moon will be 356,577 kilometres from Earth, the closest it has been since 1992. The Lunar Pedigree – or supermoon – takes place because the moon does not orbit the Earth in a perfect circle, but in a slightly elliptical manner.
Earlier this week Nolle told ABC Radio that “SuperMoons, in fact, have a historical association with strong storms, very high tides, extreme tides and also earthquakes”. Nolle also linked SuperMoons with several disasters from the past when speaking to a reporter from The Sidney Morning Herald.
Mr Nolle said the most recent SuperMoon on February 18 had an impact on Earth from February 12 to 21. He drew a link between the lunar phenomenon and the Christchurch earthquake, which hit New Zealand on February 22.
He also linked the 1948 Ashgabat earthquake in Turkmenistan, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 and 2005’s Hurricane Katrina in the United States to periods of SuperMoon activity.
Nolle’s theories have been largely disregarded by astronomers and seismologists, who say natural disasters happen regardless of whether there’s a supermoon or not.
“I would say that the chances of disaster from this SuperMoon is as great as the chances that the world will end on December 21 next year,” said Australian Astronomical Observatory’s research astronomer Simon O’Toole, citing interpretations of the Mayan calendar that many believe signify the world will end in 2012. “So, basically, zero…I think what will most likely happen is the SuperMoon will come and go next week and then people will look back and say, ‘Ah-ha! On March 18 or 19 or 20, all of these things happened and it must have been caused by that.'”
After today, O’Toole may be eating those words.
What do you think? SuperMoon or coincidence?