If there was ever a night to see a real live werewolf, or believe that werewolves existed, or a perfect night for werewolves to go out and run the city streets in a blatant statement of their existence, or hell, even announce to the world that they did exist, –it would be the night of March 19th. On that night, the moon will be closer to earth that it has been since 1993, –the moon’s orbit will bring it so close to earth, that it will appear larger, and fuller, than it has been in almost two decades. And if you think we’re crazy for talking about premium werewolf activity, on the best full moon we’re going to have for at least another 18 years, then you ought to hear what other people are saying about it; in fact, some seem to think that the change in the moon’s orbit may have caused the earthquake in Japan, –or worse, —a natural disaster of even more epic proportions is brewing.
Richard Nolle, interviewed by Catholic Online, has an especially turbulent view of what might happen on the days leading up to and around March 19th’s full mooon:
“Richard Nolle, a self professed “astrologer” who runs the Web site astropro.com, has termed the upcoming full moon at lunar perigee, or the closest approach during its orbit an “extreme supermoon.”
When the moon goes super-extreme, Nolle warns, chaos will ensue. Huge storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural disasters can be expected to wreak havoc on Earth close to that date.
It should be stressed, however — that astrology is not a real science, but merely makes connections between astronomical and mystical events.
The moon will come up to the Earth more closely than it has in the past 18 years, lighting up the night sky from just 221,567 miles away. On top of that, it will be full.
Scientists have studied related scenarios for many years. Even under normal conditions, the moon is close enough to Earth to make its weighty presence felt: It causes the ebb and flow of the ocean tides.
The moon’s gravity can even cause small but measurable ebbs and flows in the continents, called “land tides” or “solid Earth tides,” too. The tides are greatest during full and new moons, when the sun and moon are aligned either on the same or opposite sides of the Earth.
“Both the moon and sun do stress the Earth a tiny bit, and when we look hard we can see a very small increase in tectonic activity when they’re aligned,” John Vidale, a seismologist at the University of Washington in Seattle and director of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says.
At times of full and new moons, “you see a less-than-1-percent increase in earthquake activity, and a slightly higher response in volcanoes.”
The effect of tides on seismic activity is greatest in subduction zones such as the Pacific Northwest, where one tectonic plate is sliding under another.
“When you have a low tide, there’s less water, so the pressure on the seafloor is smaller. That pressure is clamping the fault together, so when it’s not there, it makes it easier for the fault to slip.” William Wilcock, another seismologist at the University of Washington says.
However – the moon’s proximity to the earth won’t trigger that much seismic activity. “Earthquakes don’t respond as much to the tides as you’d think they would. There should actually be more of an effect,” said Vidale.”
After that, the Catholics warn about the perils of accepting the Satanic words of an astrologer, as anything other than the dangerous ramblings of someone allied with the Devil. But it’s funny that they were so interested, isn’t it?Anyway, I’m definitely going to be outside the night of March 19th, and I can promise you, I’ll probably howl at least once. Even if it is quietly, –my new neighbors don’t need to know how crazy I am. I suggest the rest of you get in some serious moonbathing, especially if your climate allows it. And for the werewolves, out there, be sure to bring an umbrella, or a disaster kit if you plan to go running. There could be rain… or an earthquake.