March 7, 2012 17:16
It turns out that one of the most famous disasters of the 20th century, the collapse of the liner "Titanic" could be caused by an astronomical phenomenon.
As researchers found, January 4, 1912 Moon close to the Earth at a minimum distance of 1400 years, which caused strong tides and caused icebergs drifting off the coast of Canada to the south. Just three months, they could reach the point where on April 14 and sank the "Titanic", according to "Times" with reference to the Telegraph ..
"We do not claim to know exactly where in January 1912, was an iceberg that collided with the" Titanic "- no one can know — but it is a very credible and science-based reason for the collapse of the ship," — said Professor Donald Olson of Texas State University, led the study.
Olson and his colleagues found that this event was one of the rarest and most unique cosmic phenomena in the history of our planet. According to them, the Moon, the Sun and the Earth were placed in such a way that the gravitational influence of the companion of the planet has been significantly enhanced, said RIA Novosti.
Thus, January 3, 1912 Earth close to the maximum distance from the Sun — she entered into what is called perihelion. The next day the moon came closer to our planet and in this case was at that point that its gravitational effect on the Earth has been strengthened Sun.
Convinced of the extremely strong influence of the Moon on the Earth's oceans during the winter of 1912, scientists have suggested that unusually "sweeping" sea level fluctuations led to increased fragmentation of the edge of the ice off the coast of Greenland. But after a computer simulation of their motion, this hypothesis was disproved.
Therefore, Olson and his colleagues believe that the rise in sea level "liberated" a large icebergs, "stuck" in the relatively shallow waters off the coast of Labrador and Newfoundland.
"This could explain the vast number of icebergs in the spring of 1912 off the coast of the United States. We just can not say where the "murderer" Titanic in January 1912 — no one can know — but our scenario is quite plausible from a scientific point of view "- concludes Olson.
"Titanic" was released in its first and last voyage from Europe to America April 10, 1912, taking on board more than 2.2 thousand people. The fourteenth of April, at the end of the fourth day's journey, "Titanic" collided with a huge iceberg and sank on April 15. According to various reports, were killed from 1400 to 1517 people.