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Tuesday, March 15

Supermoon On Saturday



Image, TheStar

This Saturday, the moon will swing around Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years, lighting up the night sky from just 356,577km away.

The full moon will appear bigger and brighter – but there is “no scientific ground” for panic.

“Scientifically, there is no such thing as a ‘super moon’ but on March 19, you will see a bigger full moon because it’s a lunar perigee (when the moon’s orbit is closest to the earth).

“Saturn will also be visible to the naked eye on that night. What is rare is that there will also be a planetary alignment on that day,” he said yesterday.

Dr Chong said a planetary alignment did not mean that all the planets were in a straight line.

“Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune will be very close to the sun within a 50° angle and this qualifies as a planetary alignment – it’s impossible for all the planets to be in a straight line.”

He, however, said the planetary alignment would not be visible because it would be in the daytime sky.

full news, TheStar


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This is one of the time that I wish I have a telescope. Seriously.

So what are supermoon?

a supermoon is a full or new moon that coincides with a close approach by the Moon to the Earth. The Moon's distance varies each month between approximately 354,000 km (220,000 mi) and 410,000 km (254,000 mi)

source Wikipedia

There are approximately 4-6 supermoons annually. The following is a list of past and predicted extreme supermoons.

November 10, 1954
November 20, 1972
January 8, 1974
February 26, 1975
December 2nd, 1990
January 19, 1992
March 8, 1993
January 10, 2005
December 12, 2008
January 30, 2010
March 19, 2011 - this Saturday
November 14, 2016
January 2nd, 2018
January 21st, 2023
November 25, 2034
January 13, 2036

Supermoons were often assosiated with natural disasters like the most recent, the Sendai earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 2011, though some studies claimed that those were impossible. More like coincidence.

2 comments:

syuhada said...

aku pun ada terbaca pasal gempa bumi kat jepun tu ada kaitan dgn kedudukan bulan yg sgt dekat dgn bumi (something related with tarikan magnet yg kuat dr bulan??).. tak ingat kat mana aku baca, artikel sapa. dalam movie 2012 pun dia buat cerita yg gempa bumi masa tu ada kaitan dgn aktiviti solar flares (apa dlm BM?) kat matahari, menyebabkan teras bumi jadi sgt2 panas dan lebih aktif. scientifically, aku xtau mmg ada kaitan ke tak.... hm~

Prinzcy Syida said...

ntah la. tp kalau btul kenapa cuma jepun? jepun lg dekat pd ms tu?