Will the Supermoon destroy us all?

I saw an interesting headline in the news recently: Will March 19 “Supermoon” Trigger Natural Disasters? Uhh… What is this “Supermoon”?  Apparently it’s just that the moon will be closer to the Earth than it has in the past 18 years (“just” 221,567 miles away), and it will be a full moon.

Here’s what is amusing to me about the article:

“One astrologer believes it could inflict massive damage on the planet.”

Notice the first word of that quote.  The guy is Richard Nolle, who runs a website, and he termed this upcoming event an “extreme supermoon”.  He says when this happens, “chaos will ensue: Huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters can be expected to wreak havoc on Earth.”  If there’s truth to that, then we should be very concerned.   But the very next sentence of the article clarifies the situation:

(It should be noted that astrology is not a real science, but merely makes connections between astronomical and mystical events.)

Ahh…   Back in factual terms, a seismologist has said it does cause more “stress” to the Earth, but it’s a less-than-1-percent increase in earthquake activity and slightly higher in volcanoes.  He thinks there should be more of an effect, but the evidence just isn’t there.  The U.S. Geological Survey has done a lot of studies and haven’t found anything significant at all.

The article goes on to say, “Most natural disasters have nothing to do with the moon at all.”   Notice the first word again.  So the moon is to blame for some Earth destruction after all!  Well, as they say, you can’t be too careful — so obviously we should blow up the moon! (There are numerous discussions here at Buffet o’ Blog on why the moon should be destroyed.  Feel free to search the archives and join the discussion.)

6 thoughts on “Will the Supermoon destroy us all?

  1. Holiday Inn Express

    What makes this so dangerous is that the moon will be full when passing so close to us. As you know, the moon’s effects are linked to how much of it we can see.
    When the moon approaches this close to Earth during a half-moon to new moon phase nobody bats an eye.

  2. gokul awesome

    I love this happenig………….. i want to see the super moon …………… This is very rarely happening movement………..please take me ther…


      well……as far as i’m concerned this is not something interesting….it can only be exciting only if we come across to have an expierience about this phenomenon……what do u think guys ???????

  3. Beppo

    So tonight was the “Supermoon”, and I saw it come up while I was outside grilling. At first, it was red, so it looked eerie, but then everything returned to normal. I wasn’t scared at all. If the moon wants to intimidate us, it should start glowing. Just being a few percent bigger than normal doesn’t phase me.

    1. Holiday Inn Express

      The moon is usually glowing when full. If it wanted to make an impression, it should start blinking, pulsing, or changing colors. Or maybe some sort of lunar strobe light or disco ball.

  4. Thomas Wayne

    Yeah, the moon is a wuss! If it would come close enough, I’d beat it up!

    If it keeps threatening me, I’ll blow it up! I could probably devise some moon-detonation-device out of stuff in my closet… Wouldn’t that be the coolest thing ever? (All the more reason why I should be the one to do it!)

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