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Sunday 21 September 2014

Titanic: Was moon to blame?

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Lots of factors have been blamed for the Titanic disaster and its outcome, missing binoculars, the speed of the vessel, captain’s error, the wrong instructions, but now a new one can be added to the list: the moon.

Apparently, a rare conjunction of the moon and sun were to blame. Scientists have calculated that the spring tide, coupled with the moon’s closest approach to the earth for 1400 years, a close encounter between the earth and sun, led to unusually high sea levels which in turn dislodged the enormous icbergs four months before the collision and the rest is maritime history.

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