Moon and 3 Secrets of super-moon:
Every year when the moon is at its closest position to the Earth, called Perigee, it looks about 12 percent bigger and about 30 percent brighter. We call it super-moon and people blame it for everything including madness, floods and earthquakes.
You can check this amazing lunar sight this Sunday, June 23 at about 7:38 am but some people suggest that is better to look at the moon the night before.
Thousands of people all over the world will be filming and taking pictures of this event, who reminds me of the romantic award winning movie of 1987 Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicholas Cage, directed by Norman Jewison and which won 6 Academy Awards.
Here are 3 Secrets of the super-moon:
1. Do you think I could go nuts?
The super moon gets blamed for all kinds of stuff, but Earth science experts say linking geological events to the full moon is foolish.
“A lot of studies have been done on this kind of thing by USGS scientists and others,” said John Bellini, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey. “They haven’t found anything significant at all.”
“Nor have studies turned up evidence that the moon affects human health and behavior. A 1985 review of research published in the journal Psychological Bulletin found no convincing evidence that full moons spur mental hospital admission uptakes, psychiatric disturbances, homicides or other crimes. A 2010 study similarly found a lack of excess criminal lunacy on full-moon days.”
“Pregnant women hoping the super moon will trigger labor shouldn’t hold their breath, either. Despite traditional beliefs linking the moon with fertility, a 2001 study of 20 years of live births in the United States (about 70 million babies) found no moon-related patterns to when babies were born. The findings were published in the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society.”
2. Earth will be destroyed?
Earth will not be destroy despite the predictions of some people around the world.
“NASA planetary geologist Noah Petro said today (June 21) that while the tides might be slightly higher because of the moon’s close approach, it won’t make a noticeable difference for the average observer. The only thing that humans might experience this weekend is a good lunar show.”
“There should be no impact on anybody on the Earth,” Petro said during a series of televised interviews on NASA TV. “There should be nothing unusual except maybe for more people staring up at the moon, which should be a wonderful thing.”
3. Is super moon a One time event?
No. “Supermoons occur about once annually, and this year, the super moon is closer than it has been in a little while, Thaller the assistant director of science at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said.”
“The distance from the Earth to the moon varies along the rocky satellite’s elliptical orbit. Perigee differs from month to month, so sometimes the super moon is a little closer or further away, Thaller said.”
“It doesn’t matter where you are, the full moon you’re seeing will be the biggest for 2013,” Michelle Thaller, said. “… That 12 percent size different can mean as much as a 30 percent change in the brightness, so this will be a particularly bright super moon.”
“The closest the moon gets can actually vary much as much as the diameter of the Earth, that seems like a pretty big number, but the moon is actually 30 times the diameter of the Earth away from us. If you line up 30 Earths, that’s about the average distance of the moon away, but as it swings a little bit closer to us, that distance can vary. Thaller said. “
By Edgar Soto
NASA | Supermoon 2013