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Titanic Sunk by Supermoon?

By March 8, 2012

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The 100th anniversary of the Titanic's tragic sinking is coming up on April 14th, 2012. I know from my random research on it, that Mercury was in retrograde that night. And I recently saw a History Channel documentary on Titanic's Missing Pieces, and learned that it was a New Moon, as well. The repeated warnings that Titanic was nearing a field of icebergs were seemingly ignored (or fell into Mercury retro's void?) And with no Moonlight, it's eerie to imagine the outline of the iceberg being spotted at the last minute -- when it was too late.

Now National Geographic comes out with a theory that there were more icebergs due to a January 1912 Supermoon. When the Moon is closest to Earth (Perigee), and Full, it's known as a Supermoon, a name first coined by astrologer Richard Nolle, as I understand.

A team of forensic astronomers say the Sun-Moon-Earth alignment on January 4th likely caused a high tide that set off the stream of bergs in the Labrador Current. The effect of both the alignment and the Supermoon caused Spring Tides, named for sudden surges. They theorize that any stalled icebergs started moving along and into Titanic's path in those months before. If the Titanic had heeded the warnings of bergs, and sailed further from the current, though, they likely would've stayed in the clear.

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