Supermoon 2011

Springtime’s Worm Moon on Steroids
This Saturday’s full moon is called the “worm moon” because it signals the coming of the northern spring, the thawing of the soil and the first stirrings of earthworms in dormant winter gardens.

On March 19, we are expecting three events related to the moon that will all occur at around the same time. A lunar perigee, the spring equinox, and proxigean tides.

A lunar perigee means the moon will be closest to the earth in its orbit. The last time this happened was 18 years ago. This year the moon will only be 221,567 miles away!

The spring equinox, which will occur about 28 hours after the perigee, is when the earth’s axis is pretty much centered so the sun is aimed directly at the equator. It’s the point where we have equal amounts of daylight and darkness.

Proxigean tides are rare, unusually high tides that occur when the moon is at its closest point in its orbit to the Earth and in its New or Full moon phase. These tides can produce enormous damage when all factors come together optimally. There are many recorded instances of unusually high storm or coastal flooding during the proxigean times.

Not a good time to go surfing.

Richard Nolle, a noted astrologer, has termed the upcoming full moon at lunar perigee an “extreme supermoon.”

“When the moon goes super-extreme,” Nolle says, “chaos will ensue. Huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters can be expected to wreak havoc on Earth.”

According to AccuWeather’s Daniel Vogler, “The last extreme supermoon occurred a few days after the 8.9 earthquake in Indonesia.”

A coincidence? Ask the people of Japan.

Anyway, enjoy the Cowboy Junkies – Blue Moon: