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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Life and Universe

Supermoon misconceptions busted
ANI
Washington, June 24, 2013
First Published: 14:09 IST(24/6/2013)
Last Updated: 15:21 IST(24/6/2013)
A "super moon" rises over Madrid. On Sunday a perigee moon coincides with a full moon creating a "super moon" when it will pass by the earth at its closest point in 2013. (Reuters)

The largest full moon, also known as Supermoon, which was seen this Sunday, continues to fascinate and mystify humans.

Michelle Thaller, the assistant director of science at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said that a lot of misconceptions are there pertaining to the Supermoon, Discovery News reported.

Thaller said that people think that Supermoon is somehow dangerous, as when the moon gets a bit closer, the gravity causes earthquakes or tidal waves, or particularly high tides of any sort, which is just not true.

She said that they tried to find if there was any correlation between where the moon is and natural disasters, but was unable to find one.

She even said that some people believed that when they looked into a bowl of water under full moon's light they would see their future hubby; she added that there really isn't any scientific basis for that.

The Supermoon reached its peak fullness at 7:32 a.m. EDT on Sunday and the its distance from earth was about 221,300 miles.


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