The Biggest Full Moon in Two Decades : 19th March 2011

We on Earth are about to witness the biggest full moon in almost two decades when our natural satellite reaches its closest point to Earth next weekend on Saturday, the 19th of March 2011.

On 19 March, the full moon will appear unusually large in the night sky as it reaches a point in its cycle known as 'lunar perigee'.

Stargazers will be treated to a spectacular view when the moon approaches Earth at a distance of 221,567 miles in its elliptical orbit - the closest it will have passed to our planet since 1992.

The full moon could appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky, especially when it rises on the eastern horizon at sunset or is provided with the right atmospheric conditions.

This phenomenon has reportedly heightened concerns about 'supermoons' being linked to extreme weather events - such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. The last time the moon passed close to the Earth was on 10 January 2005, around the time of the Indonesian earthquake that measured 9.0 on the Richter scale.

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was also associated with an unusually large full moon.

Previous supermoons occurred in 1955, 1974 and 1992 - each of these years experienced extreme weather events.

However, an expert speaking to Yahoo! News today believes that a larger moon causing weather chaos is a popular misconception.

Dr Tim O'Brien, a researcher at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, said: "The dangers are really overplayed. You do get a bit higher than average tides than usual along coastlines as a result of the moon's gravitational pull, but nothing so significant that will cause a serious climatic disaster or anything for people to worry about."

But according to Dr Victor Gostin, a Planetary and Environmental Geoscientist at Adelaide University, there may be a link between large-scale earthquakes in places around the equator and new and full moon situations.

He said: "This is because the Earth-tides (analogous to ocean tides) may be the final trigger that sets off the earthquake."

Japan is in the news ... A powerful tsunami spawned by the largest earthquake in Japan's recorded history slammed the eastern coast today !

It's time we start tuning into the vibration of love and send this healing energy to Gaia ... Now !

Reference : Yahoo News (UK & Ireland)

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Anonymous said...

2011 not 2010 :)

Cosmic ૐ Oneness said...

... hehehe ... yeah ! Thanks for letting me know my friend ... updated the post !

Love Always :)

Anonymous said...

last months full moon was much bigger, brighter and so near.... i was driving and i had to stand still with my friend and we had both never seen the moon like that always :-)

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