In April, it will be one hundred years since the Titanic sank and the cause of this horrific disaster has always been that the ocean liner hit an iceberg but that may be only part of what caused it to sink. Scientists now believe that they have found an unexpected culprit that was partially to blame for the crash. That culprit is the moon.
Yes, the moon. A physicist from a Texas State University, Donald Olson has stated that he thinks that there was a lunar connection that caused the unusually big number of icebergs to be in the path of the ocean liner. Ever since it sank in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912, researchers have wondered why the captain seemed to disregard the warnings of icebergs being in the area where the Titanic was sailing because he was a very experienced captain.
The type of iceberg that struck the Titanic, called Greenland icebergs will normally become stuck in the shallow waters off Newfoundland and Labrador. They do not resume their southward journey until a high tide frees them or they melt enough to re-float. Researchers investigated a speculation by the late Fergus Wood, who was an oceanographer that in January of that year, there was an unusually close approach by the moon which could have produced high tides that were enough to cause more icebergs than normal to separate from Greenland.
If so, these icebergs were still fully grown and went into the shipping lanes that because of reports of icebergs, been moved farther south. This knowledge may be by the captain reacted so casually to the reports of an iceberg in the ship’s path. He did not have any reason to believe that the icebergs were as large or as many as there were.