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Supermoon phenomenon: delight or danger?

Mar 19, 2011 06:50 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The website of the man who's triggered a minor worldwide frenzy. Richard Nolle is an astrologer, not a scientist. And he says the Moon is triggering horrible natural disasters on earth. Here's how.

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 18 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.

Mila Mitra, Scientific Officer, SPACE said, "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."

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

Mitra said, "The moon was nowhere close to its lowest 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.