This full Moon will appear to be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than most other full moons during the year.
The reason for this phenomenon being that this month the Moon becomes full on its closest approach to Earth on May 5, 2012.
It should still be pretty good again tonight if you have clear skies.
Oopsies, I was supposed to post this two nights ago.
Alas, I got caught up listening to old records with an old friend and forgot to do it.
Anyway, not much has changed, Mars hasn't moved much.
Go out and look.
Mars is at its closest to Earth for 2012. The Red Planet is only 101 million km away and shines about six times brighter than a 1st magnitude star. Look for it in the eastern sky at sunset. The burnt-orange color of Mars is very distinctive, especially when seen from rural areas with clear skies.
Photo by Luis Argerich, taken March 3, 2012 in Veronica, Bueonos Aires, Argentina
On the night of March the 3rd Mars reached opposition. At even this unfavorable opposition Mars was really bright and high in the sky shining with a crimson red hue. I took this image at the town of Veronica, Argentina. A star filter was used, straight from the camera without processing.
You may remember from some time ago our post discussing the coincidental or not alignment of the Earth, Sun, and Mercury along with the comet Elenin on the exact dates of the record breaking (among other things) earthquakes in Chile, New Zealand and Japan.
The bad news is that Elenin is about to make a new series of alignments, only this time it will be on our side of the solar system and very near Earth.
Despite the fact that it contains 6 to 8 minutes of discussion on the Hopi Indian prophecies concerning the Blue and Red Katchinas and the resultant destructions here on Earth following their passage through our solar system, the following video is the most serious scientific analysis I've been able to find concerning the possibilities regarding the passing of this comet.
Consider yourself warned.
Ok then, first of all be warned that the guy doing this video is going to try to sell you some silver at the end of this thing.
He doesn't try very hard.
He doesn't even give you his telephone number just in case straight out of left field you happen to be a buyer.
So as far as I'm concerned the guy is harmless.
This is some seriously scary stuff being promoted here.
I'm not kidding.
When I use the word manipulate in this conversation it's not a bad thing as he is simply setting the model for the following series of dates:
September 4, 2010, date of the Christchurch, New Zealand 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
February 27, 2010, date of the Santiago, Chile 8.8 magnitude earthquake
February 11, 2011, date of the Christchurch, New Zealand, 6.3 magnitude earthquake
March, 11, 2011 date of the Fukushima Japan, 9.1 magnitude earthquake.
And then the following dates:
September 27, 2011 ?????
October 17, 2011 ?????
November 5, 2011 ?????
You ain't gonna like it.
Now being me, I had to check it out for myself.
It all works exactly like the video.
If you click the photo of the model below it will take you to the exact NASA model used in the video.
Try it for yourself.
Go ahead I dare ya, scare the crap right out of your own self.
For NASA to be more right about this particular issue than they have been on let's say ... ummmmmm ... that global warming thing, would in my mind be a very good thing.
Only time will tell.
Get up early tomorrow morning and look to the east.
You'll see something you won't see every day.
Katie K. has cache.
Katie K. (not her real initial) has been with us from the very beginning.
Katie was Terry D's first secretary and as such typed (I've always suspected wrote, which he vehemently denies while she stays mum which only hardens my opinion) Terry D's letters when we were nothing but a newly minted group of young grownups firing letters around to each other in an effort to figure out just what the hell was going on.
Anyway, Katie followed the conversation on facebook which resulted from the quotes on astrology you'll find three or five posts below, liked one of the comments and asked if I would give it a post of it's own.
Around here, whatever Katie wants, Katie gets.
A Christian's Defense of Astrology
If you are a Christian and have read the Bible, you have to acknowledge that it was a “Star” placed in the heavens that caused the Magi to mount up in search of “The King of the Jews”.
If you are a Christian and have read the Bible, you have to acknowledge that it was God himself who said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
It wasn’t Pete Seeger who came up with the idea, it was Solomon in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 who says, “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.”
The fact that men aren’t very good at understanding the times and cycles of our lives and world beyond the very simple patterns of the tides and the seasons and worse still at predicting them, is neither here nor there.
There are now thousands of years of man’s recorded history available for us to study.
And there are millions of years of astronomical history available for us to study.
Seems quite the waste not to spend a little time comparing the two.
If you check out the moon tonight as it rises, you will see it at it the closest it's been to planet Earth in eighteen years.
Click the photo below for an outstanding presentation from Space.com.
If you have the time, go through all of the half a dozen or so links they provide including the photo essay, the infographic and NASA's page explaining that no ... Supermoon's don't cause earthquakes.
Very good stuff.
The photo below will link you up to the reprint of our friend Richard Nolle's increasingly famous piece about Supermoon published now twice in The Mountain Astrologer.
Also good stuff.
Ken Ring at PredictWeather.com who claims over 5000 subscribers including farmers, corporations and government agencies, uses in his own words, "trends and cycles of Moon orbits to predict the weather", scored some notoriety lately for having tweeted a Valentine's Day prediction for a Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake between February 15 and 25.
Damn that was a convoluted sentence.
Be reminded here of the devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake the hit Christchurch February 21, 2011.
Earthquakes correlate with kingtides - they are a function of the kingtide in the land deep under the ground.
The whole 2/3 of the planet that is beneath the Earth's surface has a moving egg-shaped bulge that, as the earth daily rotates, is always pointing to the moon, just as when a magnet is moved above a plate of iron filings and the area under the magnet is always more responsive.
The perigee (day that the moon is closest to earth each month) is in control of the timing of the kingtide. Sometimes new moon accompanies perigee (as on 4 Sept 2010), sometmes full moon (22 Feb 2011), so kingtide occurs around these dates as well.
Before new year kingtide days were new moon-related. From February onwards full moon has accompanied perigee, so kingtides were full moon-related.
It does not mean all full moons (or new moons) bring the biggest earthquakes.
Perigee (closest approach to the Earth) is also a factor.
I can find no other use of the phrase kingtide anywhere (I know you believe me when I say that I looked) that correlates in any way to Mr. Rings.
He predicts an second earthquake March 20, 2011 in Christchurch based on the astronomy of that day, namely the "Supermoon" on March 19, and the Jupiter, Saturn opposition which is exact on March 28, 2011, but is within a few degrees from mid March until mid April 2011.
Click on the below sketch of the Jupiter, Saturn opposition for a radically different way to look at both the world and the universe around you.
Remembering as always ..... head ..... swivel.
As always, click the photo to link up the entire piece.
Coming up later this month (March 19 to be exact) the moon will make its closest approach to Earth (called lunar perigee) in 18 years. A new or full moon at 90% or greater of its closest perigee to Earth has been named a "SuperMoon" by astrologer Richard Nolle. This term has been recently picked up by astronomers. An extreme "SuperMoon" is when the moon is full or new as well as at its 100% greater mean perigee (closest) distance to earth. By this definition, last month's full moon, this month's and next month's will all be extreme "SuperMoons".
Please visit Richard's website by clicking here.
I have read several "new age" forecasts that go something like this: "Extreme SuperMoon this month (March 2011) will bring strong earthquakes and storms and/or unusual climate patterns." Google the term 'extreme SuperMoon March 2011' and see for yourself what comes up. The validity of these types of forecasts can be debated ad nauseum.
There were SuperMoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005. These years had their share of extreme weather and other natural events. Is the Super Moon and these natural occurences a coincidence? Some would say yes; some would say no. I'm not here to pick sides and say I'm a believer or non-believer in subjects like this, but as a scientist I know enough to ask questions and try to find answers.
We obviously know that there are scientific laws that say the moon affects the Earth (i.e. tides). There are also less proven theories that propose that the moon affects the Earth in other ways (i.e. abnormal behavior during a full moon). Can the Super (full) Moon contribute to extreme weather and other natural phenomenon?
Here are Richard's thoughts on March's "SuperMoon" activity from his February 28, 2011 post.
Click on the map for the entire post.
Markets, geopolitics and history aside, you can’t get there from here if you don’t get out of Mother Nature’s way.
First and foremost, that means being mindful of the March 19 full moon 28° 48' Virgo.
It’s arguably the year’s most extreme SuperMoon, for a couple of reasons: it’s the closest SuperMoon of the year, occurring within an hour of lunar perigee (the Moon’s closest approach to Earth): the Moon will look huge when it rises at sunset.
And being so close to the vernal equinox, this SuperMoon occurs within hours of the moment the full moon crosses the celestial equator from north to south, just as the Sun crosses in the opposite direction. That makes this a major geophysical stress window, centered on the actual alignment date but in effect from the 16th through the 22nd.
Of course you can expect the usual: a surge in extreme tides along the coasts, a rash of moderate-to-severe seismic activity (including magnitude 5+ earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions), and most especially in this case a dramatic spike in powerful storms with heavy precipitation, damaging winds and extreme electrical activity.
Floods are a big part of the picture in this case, although some of these will be dry electrical storms that spark fast-spreading wildfires.
As always, keep your head on a swivel.
Cheri frequents the Justthinking.us Facebook page.
Last week in the midst of an unfortunate dustup over there: the result of my introduction to the post having to do with Indian women consulting their astrologer over when to schedule their C-sections, she offered the following thought.
She then asked the following question,
"Tell us what you think about women in India using astrology to determine the best date for a Ceasarian birth.
I'd really like to hear your thoughts on that.
I've heard that question an easy 25 or 30 times from the regulars over here who slogged through all of the "Bradley Model" posts and the "Summer of Doom" series without ever ..... ever (with the continued exception of Kluck, and EricO, that's never) posting a comment.
No ........ they have to call or email or worse yet barge into my office without an appointment offering all kinds of speculation regarding my general mental health, likely paranoia and questions of competency, only because I have challenged their comfy little view of the world.
You know who you are...
Anyway, here's what I think.
As previously discussed.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness .........
.......... 14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years;
Here's what else I think.
Ecclesiastes 1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.
Now, I will cheerfully admit here that my world view is somewhat different from that of most people.
I believe this to be the result of my having the more common than you might think "Germanic Genetic Funk Mutation" wherein I have possessed from birth almost incredibly good rhythm ....... for a white boy.
Life moves in rhythm.
The Earth and the Sun provide your daily and yearly rhythm.
We know that both the human mind and body feels the effect of changes in the various radiations emanating from the Sun.
The Moon provides the rhythm within your months.
We know that the gravitational pull of the moon drives the tides.
We also know that the human body is predominately made up of water (about 60% in adult males, 55% in females).
If the movement of the moon drives the tides, is it outlandish to suspect that it may promote changes within the human body?
All of the planets and their respective moons emit or reflect a variety of forces and/or emanations which ebb and flow as they make their way around the Sun.
Nothing in life is static.
Our lives are influenced by countless cycles.
The Sun heats up, it coooools down.
When something gets in it's way ..... sorry ..... I just couldn't help myself there.
Up north here, we all know that the days lengthen in the spring and that summer is on it's way as the Earth rotates on it's axis.
South of the equator at the very instant you are basking in the knowledge that summer is on it's way, someone is mourning it's passing.
Is it that outlandish to suppose that the single most profound of all of those cycles that surround us, the respective orbits and rotations of the planets that make up our solar system, has an effect on our world, our bodies, our lives?
I don't think so.
The following, is a true story.
The study of astronomy and astrology began around the fire.
Football not yet having been invented, Og, Og Jr., Og's brothers Ogo, Magog, Larry and a couple of the other guys had been sitting around discussing the days successful hunt, the relative quality of the well fermented juice they'd been drinking and of course .......... women.
Conversation had slowed some, they were all laying back on their furs gazing sleepily into the heavens when Og Jr. said, "That sure is a big damn moon tonight."
Og Sr. replied sharply. "Hey!!!!! ... Language."
Larry, starting to laugh under his breath, said, "Hey! You guys remember when those crazy bastards up the hill got all juiced up, started running around like idiots chasing themselves all over the place and ran straight off the cliff? Moon looked just like it does right now. Bigger'n Hell. They still ran off the damn thing. That was sure an ugly f*%#@ing pile at the bottom."
Laughter broke out all around the circle as Og Jr, still admiring the huge golden ball right there in front of him had another thought. Turning to his Uncle Larry he said, "Hey, wasn't the moon a lot like this the night Kenl went ape shit on your head with a rock over you trying to get into Alpa's furries?"
"Yep. said Larry laughing harder now, delighted with the memory. "I'll never forget it. I tell you what, if I'd of made it, it would have been worth it. Alpa was looking damn hot that night. Only took me three weeks to see straight. .......... Still got the dent in my head. ......... Here, feel here. .......... Yeah right there."
"Damn!!!" said Jr.
"Damn Right!!!" replied Larry.
Og Sr. smiling, quietly enjoying the conversation, had been contentedly scanning the sky when his gaze fell on the red planet. Admiring Mars, his body suddenly stiffened a bit. He leaned forward, now intent, his face thoughtful, serious. His brow furrowed, as sudden worry shoved that contentment right out of his heart.
"Mags." he said thoughtfully, "Remember when we were little, and those a#&%$%*s from across the river attacked us for no good reason?"
"Yup. said Magog, "Bastards killed ol' Kot and Frank. F*%^$ed up Pel and Tol pretty good too."
Yeah, Pel was so jacked up, he never hunted again." Og remembered out loud, almost to himself.
A long moment passed.
"You know. said Og softly, eyes fixed on the red planet, "The night those bastards attacked us, that red one there was damn near exactly right there in the sky where it is right now. I remember like it was yesterday. I was sitting up against that big tree that fell into the meadow lookin' at it when they came in on us."
As an uncomfortable silence fell around the little fire, the bright moonlight, so beautiful just a moment ago, now felt hard and dangerous. Feeling exposed, they leaned back a little into the shadows around them, eyes sharpening. A couple, maybe three silent minutes later, Og got up.
"Where ya goin?" asked Ogo.
"I think I'll just go grab me a spear, maybe a couple good sharp rocks." said Og, "Better safe than sorry."
Larry, having pushed himself all the way back into the shadow of the massive formation shielding them from the wind, got up and followed his brother out of the circle while thoughtfully rubbing the dent in his head. Ya know? he said, "That ain't the worst idea I've heard today. Oggy, grab your stuff, and jump on up to the perch! I'll get you in a couple hours."
Ms. Varmaa and her child would be fine, the astrologer said, as long as the baby was born on one of three mahurats, or auspicious days, near her due date. She then did what doctors say an increasing number of middle-class Indians are doing these days: She scheduled a caesarean section in order to nail that good-luck date.
The perfectly timed birth not only gave her a wonderful daughter, Ms. Varmaa says, but also got her own life back on track. Her career and health have improved and her brief, arranged marriage has ended in an amicable divorce.
"I didn't want my bad luck to affect the child," says Ms. Varmaa, 34 years old, a director for a clothing exporter in Mumbai. "If the position of the sun and moon are right, then the baby has a good life and even the mother's life improves."
The Cardinal Cross pattern of 2010 is finally breaking up.
We're beginning our attempt to evaluate what, if any were it's effects.
Dougy F. equates the whole thing to "palm reading".
Uncle Roany keeps wondering what they think in Pakistan.
In the interest of full disclosure, we rigged this chart just a little for effect.
Chicago remains the site for which the chart was cast, we moved the time from noon to 6 am in order to view for the last time the grand cross.
The Moon moves fast relative to the rest of the chart, and as such it's relationships within patterns are fleeting by comparison.
As always, Green is good, Red is bad, Purple isn't terrible, but it ain't all that helpful either.
Either the Cardinal Cross tab or Summer of Doom tab will take you to the entire series of posts.