Moon will approach the Earth at the closest distance of 19 March, starting in 1992.The next lunar perigee, or, as he jokingly called scientists, "Supermoon", the satellite closer to Earth's surface at a distance of 356.5 thous. Km.According to some scientists, the event, which astrophysics and photographers have been waiting for 19 years, threatens the world of natural disasters.
As the newspaper writes Daily Mail, on the eve of the Lunar perigee of 2011 flooded the Internet alarming predictions of scientists that "Supermoon" may cause serious changes in the earth's climate.This, in turn, will lead to earthquakes and volcanic activity around the world.
previous phase of closest approach to our planet and its space satellite took place in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005.It was in these years, meteorologists recorded the extreme weather conditions that led to a series of large-scale natural disasters.Thus, a powerful tsunami that killed thousands in Indonesia, there was just two weeks before the perigee in Ja
Moreover, the critical approach of the moon affect the earth's climate, not only on days when the moon reaches perigee, the nearest point to the Earth of the lunar orbit, but in the years that followed.For example, according to the head of the laboratory at the Hydrometeorological Center of Russia Nikolai Siderenkova, heat waves, recorded last summer in the European part of Russia - is a manifestation of cyclical oscillations of Earth's atmosphere.Cyclical temperature anomalies, according to the scientist, laid in a certain sequence of the lunar cycle, tides, as well as cyclic changes in the distance from the Moon and the Earth - the passage of the satellite through the point of perigee and apogee.
Meanwhile apocalyptic expectations hurry to refute the skeptics.Thus, according to Pete Wheeler of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy, wait until the end of the world is not worth it."Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, of course, will be, but not more frequently than they usually occur on our planet - Wheeler said -. Just the level of the tides will be higher than usual."
Wheeler echoed by Australian astronomer David Reneke.Is convinced the scientist, conspiracy lovers will find opportunity to connect any suitable natural disaster to the desired day and blame "Supermoon" in the next cataclysm."If you will take enough effort, you will be able to associate any natural disaster with any anything celestial body - a comet with a planet to the Sun" - said Reneke, reminding about the recent "parade of planets," from which also waited for disasters within the entire solarsystem.
scientists skeptics tend to consider another approach of the moon to the earth's surface, rather, as a boon to science.For ongoing monitoring of the satellite allows researchers to better understand the structure of Earth's interior.
So, it turned out that the lunar core, like Earth, has liquid base in January.NASA has succeeded to install thanks to new techniques, which are used for decoding signals from the seismic sensors installed on the surface of the Moon by the crew of the American Apollo space mission in 1971.According to the researchers, in the interior of the moon is covered with metal rich solid ball of radius of 241 km, framed by a liquid metal loop with a radius of 330 km.This information sheds light on the secrets of the Earth's core, as well as the evolution of the "lunar dynamo" - the magnetic field, due to which, according to astrophysics, emerged and formed our satellite.