On March 19th, the moon will travel as close to earth as it’s been in nearly 20 years, alarming astrologers if not the scientific world. Keep your eyes on the sky next saturday, also known as the evening of the extreme Super Moon, when the lunar sphere comes as close as it ever has, or will, to Earth. [ 221,556 miles]. Some believe the astronomical event will be followed by catastrophic storms and volcanic eruptions.The Japanese earthquake and tsunami may well be a portent of other natural disasters to come.


Those who believe in horoscopes might be concerned. It is predicted that even the financial markets could collapse as prices surge into “panic mode.” Not that it takes much for the NY exchange to go into freefall, sadly the rest of the world follows like Leemings.  Astrologists point to history to validate their predictions: The New England hurricane of 1938 and the Australian Hunter Valley floods of 1955 happened during or soon after Super Moons. The last Super Moon came in 2005, at around the same time as Hurricane Katrina and the Indonesian tsunami.

Science tells us simply that the Earth will experience a “lower than usual low tide and a higher than usual high tide.” A Super Moon, is “nothing to get excited about.”  If you try hard enough you can chronologically associate almost any natural disaster or event to anything in the night sky. Halley’s  Comet has been know since 1059 BC. Its most famous appearance was in 1066 AD when it was seen right before the Battle of Hastings. It was named after Edmund Halley, who calculated its orbit. He died in 1742, never living to see his prediction come true when the comet returned on Christmas Eve 1758.

American satirist and writer Mark Twain was born on 30 November 1835, exactly two weeks after the comet’s perihelion. In his autobiography, published in 1909, he said,“I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’ Twain died on 21 April 1910, the day following the comet’s subsequent perihelion!



Sources: various + Accuweather, Psychic Cosmo



  1. wow! though i have a little doubt about astrology, as an educated professional, I do believe disasters have some connection with unconventional natural occurances.

    • 24 hour worldwide tv coverage brings these natural disasters to our more immediate attention…..It was over 4 weeks before our nation learnt of Nelson’s death at Trafalgar. Had it happened in this age of mass communication well, the camera’s would have been there recording the brandy being poured into the barrel containing his remains !!!! !!

  2. Interesting correlations with Super Moon events. But — being a scientist — I’m of the view that “interesting correlations” should be used as hypotheses to examine the possibility of causation, rather than to prove it. So I share your skepticism.

    I noticed your reference to lemmings again. You might be interested to know that rumors of their four-year mass suicides is a myth — perpetrated, I am sorry to say, by one of my fellow countrymen who made his fortune telling fairy tales. (See “Misconceptions” at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lemming)

    • Thank you for your comments on the above which I wrote slightly with tongue in cheek!
      The myth of the Leeming is a simile I use basically because I am too lazy to replace it with a statement about the irrationality caused by conspiracy theorists in the minds of both reader and conspirator. The picture of this animal leaping over a cliff is, in my mind, more easily understood than a library full of treatises on the subject of herd like mass hysteria. We survived the millenium bug and I look forward to celebrating 01.01.2013 !

  3. Hope there wouldn’t be significant natural disaster following the SUPER MOON. I haven’t bought my life insurance yet. ^^

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