Friday, March 18, 2011

The Perigee

The Perigee ,the biggest in almost 20 years is at the door step .We are just 24 hours away from this event here (march 19th).My scientific side of the mind is urging me to believe that there is nothing to worry about ;but the traditional , superstitious mind of mine overshadows the scientific side.Well ,always nobody wants to take a chance about their health and lives you see!While some astrologers predict the worst natural disasters and natural calamities ,health disorders affecting the human and warning the people to stay at homes;the NASA astronomers are obstinate about the 'just a natural phenomenon'and 'nothing to worry'attitude.The astrologers even correlate the recent Tsunami event in Japan to the movement of the moon closer to the earth .
    The NASA researchers  believe that the Super Moon/perigee as they call it, which occurs as rarely as once in 13 years, need not necessarily be associated with natural calamities or other disorders.The super moon event in 1983 and almost close event in 2008 ,went without notice or any significant calamities.They claim that the moon being closest to the earth on this particular day may create some mild tides on the sea due to the gravitational effect on the earth,but may not necessarily trigger Tsunamis or tides or storms.The moon is still at a distance of 350,00miles away form the earth ,even if closest and that was a safe distance!They feel that the people should get out of their houses and experience the effect and be delighted with the naturally large full moon appearing so close to the earth.The scientists call it 'super moon 'because it is at least 14%larger than it is naturally and appear enormous and gives us an illusion of being a part of earth or arising for the summits of earth.The sight of the super moon across the bay during a sunset in the evening  would be elegant and a spectacular sight.It would give the sight of the 'Kiss of the moon to the earth'.So ,as the jumbling persists without bonds  in my mind ,I sign of hoping 'All is Well 'tomorrow.


Ps:one useful link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1yalg_Apdw&feature=player_embedded

23 comments:

IRFANUDDIN said...

its true that the moon helps drive Earth's tides, but againit is not capable of triggering devastating earthquakes.. or anything similar for that matter....so its just a natural phenomenon as NASA said.

Stranger said...

Hai...you got me little worried...I will be flying most part of tomorrow..wish me luck...

A said...

I do not believe it leads to calamities. It is not the first time and there is no documentation that it caused any in past...so why this time. These days if there was even 1% known chance of any disaster, government starts sending alarms...

raji said...

@stranger hey have a safe n happy journey .nothing to worry.I was just trying to portray both sides of it.Even I am not personally worried about this.

raji said...

@Irfan and A u guys r right. Atleast that's what we should believe and be optimistic .

NRIGirl said...

If only I could get a glimpse of the zoomed-in version of the moon!!

raji said...

@NRI gal ,yes ..me too waiting to click:))

Mangala said...

I am sure there is nothing to worry about. Planning to go out for a cozy dinner with my husband...

chitra said...

I am waiting for that spectacular event . It will be an experience of a life time.

dr.antony said...

There are rumors that they are linked to natural calamities.Good to know they are just rumors.

Alka Gurha said...

Most are too busy to notice but informative...

Onkar said...

I have been flying the whole day. There was no chance to see the moon.

NRIGirl said...

Hey Raji! Just wanted to tell you the moon looked gorgeous today.Just as promised significantly bigger and brighter.It was an awesome sight. Clicked a few pictures too but didn't come out as good as expected. Will share with you when it is downloaded.

Enjoy it too as it comes there now...

raji said...

@nri so nice you got to see that.It was raining so badly today that we couldnt get to see the moon today.It was "Chand chupa badal mein..":))

AJEYA RAO said...

Finally a nice lit up sky with a beautiful full moon, hope you enjoyed the sight. :-)

The madrasi said...

these days there are lot of such rumours regarding this event,,,,they are even linking the japan incident with the phenomen..sometimes beliefs do overcome realities

raji said...

@Ajeya ..sadly ,it was raining the whole day and so I missed the sight!But I heard that the sight was beautiful.

raji said...

@Madrasi true ..:))

Rachna said...

I loved the Supermoon in Bangalore. It looked gorgeous and absolutely was not the cause of any ill effects.

Abhilash Pillai said...

To wake up in the morning, going to office, coming back, food, sleep, movies... I never know when things happen... It was nice that I read the blogs, at least I am updated to this level :)

....Petty Witter said...

Hi Raji, I saw you on NRIGIRLS friendship tree and wanted to stop by to say hello. I've enjoyed my visit and its been lovely to meet you. Best wishes PW (I'm the hedgehog on the tree).

Renu said...

see.nothing happened:)

raji said...

true Renu..:))