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