Titanic Moon: Titanic Sinking Blamed on the Moon By Researchers

By on Mar 8, 2012 in Lifestyle, Travel Comments

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The moon is being blamed by scientists as the reason for the Titanic sinking in 1912, according to reports by several international news sites on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

Titanic, a trans-atlantic liner, reportedly sank on April 15, 1912 after hitting an iceberg. Reports say that because of his credentials, Captain Edward Smith has been assigned to lead the maiden voyage of Titanic. Smith is being blamed for disregarding iceberg warnings that resulted to the sinking of Titanic.

Donald Olson, member of the Texas State University physicist studying the moon’s role in the Titanic disaster said that “the lunar connection may explain how an unusually large number of icebergs got into the path of the Titanic.”

Olson‘s team used the previous speculation by the late oceanographer Fergus Wood to determine the effect of the moon in the Titanic sinking.

Based on their analysis, Olson explained that the gravitational pull between the moon and the sun “maximized the moon’s tide-raising forces on the Earth’s oceans.” This may have caused the breakup of iceberg from Greenland and the high tide gave enough buoyancy for it to reach the shipping lanes by April.

The result of the Olson team’s research will be published in “Sky & Telescope” magazine’s April issue.

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