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Are tragedies and Super Moon connected?

Mar 18, 2011 11:00 PM IST India India

New Delhi: The world is coming to an end. Or maybe not. An American astrologer says the moon will trigger natural disasters on Saturday night. Although some scientists are still skeptical about the same.

Richard Nolle who is an astrologer, not a scientist, says that the Moon is triggering horrible natural disasters on Earth. The Moon orbits Earth in an oval shaped or elliptical orbit. Its distance from Earth varies, depending on where it is in this orbit. A full moon night, at a time when the moon is closest to Earth, is called a Super Moon by astrologer Richard Nolle.

On March 19, the full moon will be about 356,577 km away, the closest it's been in eighteen long years. Richard Nolle says, “Such days have always been disastrous.”

From hurricanes in Texas, to earthquakes in central Asia, from cyclones in Australia to volcanic eruptions in the Philippines, Nolle has a long list of tragedies that occurred on or near a Super Moon night.

But scientists aren't all that convinced. Some scientists do not agree with Nolle and claim that many tragedies have taken place on other nights rather than the Super Moon night.

Mila Mitra, Scientific Officer, SPACE, says that, “In 2005, Hurricane Katrina was at least ten days off from Super Moon night. In 1974, there was Cyclone Tracy, but it was at least a month off from target.”

Nolle also claims that the natural calamity Japan faced last week was also because of the moon’s close proximity to the Earth.

“Japan's present tragedy was also caused by the moon swinging too close to earth. But scientists brush that claim aside,” says Nolle

However, Mila Mitra says that, ”The moon was nowhere close to its closest point. It was closer to its furthest point, at 390,000 kilometers. There should be no co-relation at all.”

While astrologers and scientists fight it out, we suggest you roll out your telescopes and enjoy Saturday night. The moon will be brighter and bigger than anything you've seen in the last eighteen years.