Friday, March 9, 2012
Did the heavens conspire to sink the Titanic? A couple of US astronomers argue just that, saying a “supermoon event ” may have dislodged the iceberg which sank history’s most famous cruise liner.
It might seem hard to believe, but Olson David and Russell Descher, two Texas State University astronomers, say an out-of-this-world lunar event really might have sparked the chain of events that sank the RMS Titanic on April 15 1912.
“They went full speed into a region with icebergs, that’s really what sank the ship, but the lunar connection may explain how an unusually large number of icebergs got into the path of the Titanic,” The Telegraph cites Professor Olson as saying.
According to their theory, on January 4, 1912, the Moon swung more closely to planet Earth than it had done in some 1,400 years, bringing it some 356,375 km from our planet. This approach happened just six minutes before the moon became full. When both these events coincide, the phenomenon is called a supermoon.
The pair further says the January 14 supermoon came just a day after Earth had made its closest approach to the sun.
The Sun and Moon aligned in such a way to maximize their gravitational effect on the ocean, sparking a super tide which dislodged far more icebergs from Greenland than usual.
This article was posted: Friday, March 9, 2012 at 10:03 am