Supermoon not to have devastating effects, say Indian scientists

March 19th, 2011 - 12:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Hyderabad, Mar 19 (ANI): Indian scientists have said the Supermoon, the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, which will be seen in the night today, would not have devastating effect.

BG Sidharth, Director of BM Birla Science Centre in Hyderabad, said tides today could be higher than on other days but otherwise the phenomenon posed no danger.

“The moon is a bit closer, maybe the tides would be just a tagged more than normal. But, apart from these effects it’s quite a normal phenomenon. And, one should in fact try to see the full moon. There is no question of any earthquakes or tsunamis being triggered by this event,” he added.

Scientists and astrologers in Bangalore were of the similar view that it is a natural occurrence and nothing devastating would take place.

“There is nothing which you can associate with the moon. Of all the things that you mentioned that it can happen on 19th. Once in a month the moon definitely comes as close as 3, 56, 000 kilometers and, it goes the other way also, said. BS Shylaja, Scientist, Bangalore Association for Science Education (Base)..

Meanwhile, Saintah Gundlur RK, President World Astrology Council has said that the media hyped the phenomenon so much that it has created panic among people.

The ’supermoon’ will be closest to the Earth in 18 years today and will appear to be the biggest and brightest. It will be around 10 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter as compared to other full moons during the year.

Today, the moon will be only 3,56,577 kms away from the Earth, the closest while at the full moon phase in 18 years.

Earlier, there were supermoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005. (ANI)

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