Super Moon

topic posted Tue, April 3, 2012 - 6:25 PM by  Unsubscribed
There are five super moons in 2012, the first of which occurs on April 6. The one after that on May 5 is supposed to be one of the most powerful experienced in years. When a full moon occurs close to the perigee of the Moon (a point of its closest approach to the Earth) and its distance from Earth is much smaller than usual, then it causes a “super moon” phenomenon.

You can check out Moonrise, Moonset and Moonphase timetables for Portland at

There is also an article that discusses the possible ties between the supermoon, celestial alignments and the sinking of the Titanic. A part of the National Geographic story proposes that "...R.M.S. Titanic went down on a moonless night, but the iceberg that sank the luxury liner may have been launched in part by a full moon that occurred three and a half months earlier . . . That full moon, on January 4, 1912, may have created unusually strong tides that sent a flotilla of icebergs southward—just in time for Titanic's maiden voyage, said astronomer Donald Olson of Texas State University-San Marcos...."

To read the story, go to
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    Re: Super Moon

    Sat, April 7, 2012 - 8:27 PM
    I guess this group is not active. . . at all.

    My mistake.
    • Re: Super Moon

      Sun, April 8, 2012 - 10:49 AM
      some of us are still here, Ivy. I don't check Tribe every day, but try to get on once a week or so. That was a really interesting post, too, by the way, so thank you.

      who hasn't had the heart to swallow the facebook koolaid yet...
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    Tue, April 10, 2012 - 7:06 AM
    Wow, seems pretty amazing to have Two Supers in a row,, how common is that?
    On a different note,, Thuri,, once again, thank you for the soul mask you made for me,, I love it, it sites above my desk and I look at it every day.
  • Re: Super Moon

    Wed, April 11, 2012 - 9:45 AM
    This is great info- thanks for sharing! Tribe is not as active as Facebook I have found- end up only getting on once in a while myself- but thanks for posting- when I do get on here it is nice to see something new posted!
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      Re: Super Moon

      Wed, April 11, 2012 - 6:52 PM
      I am glad I checked in again on the off-chance that someone may have wandered by. Thanks to everyone for your responses.

      Facebook is not for me yet. Maybe sometime I will try it again.



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