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The Extreme Supermoon is Almost Here

By travel
3/16/2011, 7:56:17 AM

Wow, there certainly has been a lot of attention given to the tragic earthquake in Japan and what/if any role the supermoon had played in causing it. I have heard from people saying that they think it is plausible that the supermoon may have had something to do with the quake, others that think there is no possible way the two are related, some are convinced that there is a definite connection and yet another group of people that feel the supermoon, only in combination with other factors, may have had something to do with it.

I, as I have stated before, am in the camp where I think that they may be related and that other factors may have played a role in it. I do not have hard scientific evidence to back it up, but if I did enough research, there probably could be things that I would find that would support my thoughts. As I have said many times, there is just as likely to be plenty of evidence out there that would go against my thinking as well.

I am not going to be putting out any new theories out there in this blog. I just wanted to set the record straight about a few things and share a few thoughts. I also wanted to say that the extreme supermoon is just a matter of hours away from when I post this.

One thing I want to do is share a quote from Richard Nolle about Daniel Vogler and I. This is from his blog at astropro.com, "As near as I can tell, the whole flap started with AccuWeather blogger Mark Paquette's March 1 post headlined "Extreme Super (Full) Moon to Cause Chaos?" Mr. Paquette kindly (and accurately) cited me as the source of the SuperMoon nomenclature, gave the correct definition as defined by your...s truly, and noted that 'This term has been recently picked up by astronomers.'"

That meant a lot to us. Richard coined the phrase "supermoon" over 30 years ago and is a professional, widely-respected astronomer and here he is giving us credit for starting this "whole flap." Wow, thanks what a compliment! I also take as high praise Richard saying that we had our facts straight and that the story gave proper credit to him.

If you are interested enough in reading this blog and other stories about this subject, I will "toot my own horn" here and say that if you are not a member of the AccuWeather Astronomy Fanpage on Facebook, you are missing out! You can join by clicking here. There are members of this page that are sharing terrific information daily on a wide array of scientific topics. There are many knowledgeable members that know far more about the supermoon and other subjects than I do and we are having meaningful, non-threatening conversations daily. Both sides to an issue are being presented in socially acceptable way.


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My original blog from March 1 (please click here if you would like to read it) has had almost 14,000 likes via facebook, yet the facebook fanpage is at only a little over 1,100 members. I really think that if you like the blog, you will like the fanpage as well and you can gain something by joining it. I ask for and want your input about ideas for future blogs and respond to your thoughts about almost any topic. More importantly though, other people in our viable online community will respond as well and as I said above, there are some real hard-core science fans there. I'm pretty sure if they do not have answers to your questions, they will have an opinion for sure!

Well, those are the things rambling about in my head that I wanted to share with you today. Please feel free to ask questions, state your opinion and keep on reading and commenting.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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