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On Tuesday, Feb. 19, you'll no doubt hear the mainstream media proclaiming that on that night Earthlings will witness a "supermoon." It's a term — or, more specifically, a branding — of relatively recent origin; it came not from astronomy, but astrology, and was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. Nolle arbitrarily defined a supermoon as a new or full moon that occurs when the natural satellite is at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee).
Interestingly, nobody paid much attention to Nolle's definition until March 19, 2011, when the full moon arrived at an exceptionally close perigee, coming within 126 miles (203 kilometers) of its closest possible approach to Earth.
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Likely, it was due to an event that happened eight days earlier, on March 11 of that year: the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which registered 9.1 on the Richter scale; in its aftermath, some speculated that the moon's gravitational pull could trigger earthquakes. And because the moon will be unusually close to Earth on Feb. 19, people have inferred that more potent quakes are possible with the upcoming supermoon.
Nolle, in his website back in 2011,said, there will be "a major geophysical stress window, centered on the actual alignment date but in effect from the 16th [of March] through the 22nd; you can expect a rash of moderate-to-severe seismic activity (including Richter 5+ earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions)." For many people, it seemed Nolle had presaged the deadly 2011 event in Japan.
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Nevertheless, in anticipation of the March 19, 2011, full moon, somebody doing some research dredged up Nolle's "supermoon" definition and launched what I refer to as the "supermoon syndrome."
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