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THREE SUPERMOONS IN A ROW: Get ready for moonlight. The next three full moons are perigee "supermoons," as much as 14% closer and 30% brighter than other full moons of the year. The show begins with the full Moon of July 12th. Get the full story and a video from Science@NASA.
The scientific term for the phenomenon is "perigee moon." Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side ("perigee") about 50,000 km closer than the other ("apogee"). Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon's orbit seem extra big and bright.
This coincidence happens three times in 2014. On July 12th and Sept 9th the Moon becomes full on the same day as perigee. On August 10th it becomes full during the same hour as perigee—arguably making it an extra-super Moon."
originally posted by: Dianec
The moon impacts our tides so yes. The moons influence would probably just accentuate anything that is already underway. I'm not sure it causes earthquakes directly but it would affect anything liquid so therefore indirectly. It affects people so thanks for the heads up on this. It might explain why so many cops have been out. Seeing them like crazy.
originally posted by: Dianec
So you said the moon doesn't get closer but then it does. It makes sense that it wouldn't actually get closer but wouldn't it appearing closer also mean it could pull differently on liquid?
originally posted by: kismetpair927
a reply to: Vasa Croe
WOW this is good to know---I've had to ask my husband the last couple nights if he thought the moon looks brighter. Fascinating idea about the correlation---been reading a lot about solar weather and earthquakes too.
originally posted by: nugget1
People who study quakes are always pointing out research that 'proves' there is no correlation between solar activity and quakes.
People who study statistics say there is no correlation between solar activity and health problems, increases in violent crimes, strange animal behavior, mental health issues, etc....
But the people who work at the layman's level will tell you different.
Dispatchers know they are more than likely going to be swamped with 911 calls starting up to three days before a full moon, climaxing on the full moon, and then tapering off for one-three days.
Emergency room personal know they are in for an extra busy time....
Nursing homes know that the most fragile are likely to journey on.....
Heart attacks, domestic abuse, lost pets, testy people.....I've been observing the effect since it was first brought to my attention as a young teenager.
Our bodies are 95% water, so I have a hard time NOT believing that solar activity has an affect on its' function.
Scientists are too close-minded for there own good sometimes.