Moon Sunk Titanic
Today, April, 15th 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, claiming 1, 514 lives and becoming a legend that has endured for a century.
While it is pretty much common knowledge that the Titanic sunk due to an iceberg, researchers revealed last month what might have been the real culprit in the disaster: The Moon.
Icebergs in the part of North Atlantic Ocean the Titanic sank is not really prone to ahving icebergs at all. They would commonly be in the shallow waters off Labrador and Newfoundland and are usually stuck until they melt or a high tide allows them to move.Yet somehow they found themselves in the shipping lanes the Titanic was traveling in, and without having ever melted, so it was larger then most icebergs ever encountered in that particular area.
Now new research into a theory by oceanographer Fergus Wood reveals that what may have sunk the might cruise liner was a unusual high tide brought about by a very rare astronomical event.
Donald Olson and Russell Doescher, who are astronomers at the Texas State University, believe that three months earlier, on January, 4th, 1912, the sun and moon were alined in a such a manner that the gravitational pull of both were increased.
In addition, the Moon was the closest it ever was to the Earth in 1,400 years. The moon also was full when it was closest from the earth, making it’s influence even more powerful. The sun got in on the action that month as well, as the previous day, January 3rd, the Earth was at it’s closest point to the Sun within a year.
Icebergs were allowed to leave the shallow waters they usually reside in due to the higher tide and found their way into the path of the Titanic, according to Researcher Donald Olson:
“This configuration maximized the moon’s tide-raising forces on the Earth’s oceans.
In astronomical terms, the odds of all these variables lining up in just the way they did was, well, astronomical.
Of course, the ultimate cause of the accident was that the ship struck an iceberg. The Titanic failed to slow down, even after having received several wireless messages warning of ice ahead.”
In might also explain how Captain Edward Smith, captain of the Titanic and an experienced captain went barreling into icebergs that never should have been there if not for a one in a million chance.
Smith was often singled out as one of the scapegoats for the tragedy, but Donald Olson thinks that perhaps Smith trusted his experience too much and the information that was coming to him too little:
“They went full speed into a region with icebergs—that’s really what sank the ship, but the lunar connection may explain how an unusually large number of icebergs got into the path of the Titanic.”