Doomsday theorists are always looking for excuses to tell us why the end is nigh and why we should be repenting our sins while we have the chance. Some of these excuses are however more believable than others and a prime example is heading our way later this weekend – the almost annual arrival of the supermoon.
We’re in for a pretty impressive show that only comes along once in every 14 months, when the moon will be noticeably larger in size then usual when viewed form our privileged vantage point on Earth. But while most of us will be letting out a collective gasp of amazement, a slightly smaller contingency will be battening down all their hatches and getting ready to ride out the end of the world.
For centuries there have been myths that these supermoons have the kind of power to wreak havoc on the world, playing with the tides of the seas to create floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and pretty much the whole list of disasters Mother Nature can inflict upon us. Myths that are as interesting as any out there, but with decidedly too little evidence to have most of us heading for the hills.
Whichever side of the fence it is you decide to be on, the next supermoon takes place on the 23rd which means you don’t have long left to prepare yourself and your family – or at least get your camera ready for some rare snaps. On this day, the moon will be a paltry 221,824 miles from the surface of the Earth which will result in it looking a little bigger and brighter than you’re used to – it’s quite a sight to behold!
Well, unless it scare you half to death of course – different strokes and all that.
Every year like clockwork we hear the same warnings and theories about how our days are numbered. Nevertheless, NASA has looked into the idea from top to bottom and there’s literally zero evidence that a supermoon could ever cause anything of even the slightest threat whatsoever. Sure the moon has an effect on the tides, but even during a supermoon there’s little reason to even think about moving the spot where you usually sunbathe on the beach.
The fact that the 2013 supermoon coincides with the monthly full-moon means it’s going to be quite the treat for those still on solid ground staring at the heavens. And if we turn out to be wrong and the end was more nigh than we thought, you’ll have to wait until the next lifetime for our apology!