The Supermoon Is Coming! The Supermoon Is Coming!
Sep 13, 2011; 4:20 AM ET
Translation by Autumnson Blog
Basically, the supermoon causes an increase of the gravitational pull on the Earth by the two celestial bodies that influence the gravitational pull the most, the sun and the moon. When these bodies are lined up, such as during a new or full moon, the two gravitational pulls of these bodies act in concert on the Earth. That is why the tides are astronomically higher during a full or new moon. When the sun and moon are not lined up, they cancel each other out somewhat. When the moon is at perigee (its closest pass to the Earth), the gravitational pull of the moon on the Earth is also slightly stronger. So all of these facts cause an increased gravitational pull on the Earth during a supermoon.
Supermoons are not rare. At least two, or perhaps a half dozen, occur each year. So, this phenomenon is not unusual or unheard of.
Unashamedly, I am not an expert on the supermoon. Astrologer Richard Nolle coined the term in 1979 and is the "man" when it comes to all aspects of the supermoon. Please see this article about him and the supermoon by clicking here. You can also visit his terrific site by clicking here.
As mentioned before, some people believe that the supermoon may play a role in severe weather or seismic events. Daniel Vogler, AccuWeather Astronomy expert added, "There will as usual be an increase in quakes within the +-3 day window. If sunspot 1289 picks up intensity, expect more of what happened in Canada."