Supersized Full Moon

Posted March 18, 2011 by User 1

On March 20, 2011 at 08:11 (UT), the moon will be full. Less than an hour later, at 09:10 (UT), the moon will reach perigee, the closest point in its elliptical orbit to the Earth. The closeness of the two events makes this next full moon the biggest since 1993, or 18 years.

There are many rumors floating the around the internet that this will cause geologic turmoil on Earth. Those claims are not supported by scientific evidence. Other than a slightly higher than normal tide level, this full moon is not scientifically significant. None of the rumors predicted came true in 1993 or anytime before it and none will happen (and be able to be attributed to it) this time. Consider this the equivalent of the 2003 Mars hoax.


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