Marion Pellicano Ambrose
Tonight and tomorrow night, the moon will be as close to the earth as it has been in almost 20 years. Scientists refer to this as a “Super Moon”, but because this evening the moon will be at the fullest part of its cycle, it’s being referred to as an “Extreme Super Moon”. Some people believe that the moon’s gravitational pull during this phenomenon, also called a “lunar perigee”, causes catastrophic disturbances here on the earth.
An American astrologer named Richard Nolle, claims to have predicted disasters such as the World Trade Center Bombings in 1993. He now predicts dangerous storm surges, catastrophic earthquakes, and severe storms will occur because of the influence of this Super Moon during the period of March 16th through the 22nd. He pointed out that the
earthquake of 2010 (7.1 on the Richter scale) and Hurricane Katrina (2005), both took place during a lunar perigee. Christchurch
Scientists disagree with these predictors of doom. Meteorologist Dave Cocchiarella, (one of my favorites by the way) stated, “A perigee full moon brings with it extra-high "perigean tides," but this is nothing like the natural disasters predicted by internet doomsayers. The only impact of a slightly closer moon will be slightly higher tides. In most places, lunar gravity at perigee pulls tide waters only about an inch or so higher than usual.” (http://www.cfnews13.com March 17, 2010)
Regardless of the possible impending doom, the spectacle in the night sky on March 18th and 19th will be a site to behold. The moon will seem bigger than life and present a perfect photo opportunity for camera buffs and star gazers alike.
So who will be correct, the astrologer or the scientist? We just may find out tonight!