A rare combination of factors may have been responsible for the iceberg that sunk the Titanic.
The closest approach of the moon to the Earth in 1,400 years is thought to have caused an unusually high tide in 1912, resulting in a large field of icebergs being swept further south than usual and in to the path of the doomed ship. "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," said Professor Donald Olson.
"This rare coincidence happened just a day after the Earth made its closest annual approach to the sun, and the freak combination of factors against overwhelming odds caused a record spring tide."
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