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Moon blamed for sinking of the Titanic

By T.K. Randall
March 7, 2012 · Comment icon 19 comments



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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, thatís 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.


Source: Telegraph | Comments (19)




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Comment icon #10 Posted by The Unseen 12 years ago
wow,they would rather blame the Moon than a Capt that didn't do his job.
Comment icon #11 Posted by ScienceDominates 12 years ago
http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/news_archive/2012/March-2012/Titanic030512.html
Comment icon #12 Posted by susieice 12 years ago
I saw this on my news service today and I agree. How the icebergs got where they were is irrelevant. If they had plotted the warnings that they received they would have seen their way was blocked by an icefield miles long from the north to south of their position. They ignored the warnings and went full speed into disaster. Human error and nothing more. Well yes, conceit and the desire to make the Titanic's maiden voyage across the Atlantic the fastest on record. I often wondered how they didn't see any ice before striking the berg that they did. From the pictures taken in the daylight during ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by jesspy 12 years ago
wow,they would rather blame the Moon than a Capt that didn't do his job. Its the captain of Costa Concordia's hope.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Spectre1979 12 years ago
Its the captain of Costa Concordia's hope. Ah but that one was due to Neptune aligning with his ineptitude!
Comment icon #15 Posted by me-wonders 12 years ago
I think the possibility of the moon causing an unusual high tide, because of its closeness to the earth, might increase knowledge of other things, besides the sinking of the Titanic. The decisions of the captain have nothing to do with the scientific subject of the relationship between moon, high tides and ice bergs. Mentioning the Titanic is just presenting the new information in away that might get more people's attention.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Future_Ikann 12 years ago
ahh hell Captain Francesco Schettino of the Costa Concordia has now found his new defense argument... "It was all the Moon's Fault just like Titanic!!"
Comment icon #17 Posted by susieice 12 years ago
I'm glad that people are beginning to question if the Titanic actually hit an iceberg. When you see the pics of what was in the vicinity at daybreak, it would appear as if they may have gone right into pack ice. A photo was taken of an iceberg that had a red streak along it's waterline so apparently the current was not moving swift enough to carry all this ice in the four hours it took the Carpathia to reach the scene. While the Titanic survivors have said they saw the Califorian during the sinking they were unable to see all the ice that had the ship blocked. The Californian's wireless was sh... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by UniqueWolf 12 years ago
NOOOO!!! Blame the sun not the moon! The sun is more annoying! With child time over, time to state my opinion. The Titanic may have crashed, not how everyone would think, but I dont think that the moon did it or there would be more ship crashes. And no I'm not saying that 'cause I like the moon.
Comment icon #19 Posted by JayMark 12 years ago
NOOOO!!! Blame the sun not the moon! The sun is more annoying! With child time over, time to state my opinion. The Titanic may have crashed, not how everyone would think, but I dont think that the moon did it or there would be more ship crashes. And no I'm not saying that 'cause I like the moon. Of course the moon didn't do it. The moon wasen't driving the boat, was it? As it can be read on the NASA's website, the cause is really about the ship going full speed in a region full of icebergs and the failure of slowing down in time, despite all the warning messages they received beforehand. So no... [More]


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