Super moon, March 19,2011

IMG_0382 IMG_0383 IMG_0385I was boarding an international flight, excited and happy. Sitting in the lounge, I looked at the television…and sat bolt upright, It was being announced that it was a day that a Super Moon would be sighted, an ongoing heated discussion was taking place as to whether natural disasters were more likely to occur on the days of a Super Moon!!!!! The super moon on that day, ¬†March 19th, 2011 was ‘extra special’ as it was a ‘super perigee moon’ which is seen once in almost two decades.¬†

I used the best tool at hand…’Google Baba’ to find out what a super moon was—it directed me to Wikipedia which said that “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. The term “supermoon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing.”

I chose to be unconvinced about a super moon causing disasters and to fly to watch the super moon with my family in another country to take pictures of the moon.


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