It has been a century since the sinking of the Titanic and 247Moneybox.com have at least closed the file on this one.
This doesn’t see to be the case for Professor Donald Olson of Texas State University, however, who suggests that the Moon may have had a role in the catastrophe, and it must be said that it’s quite an interesting theory.
Everyone is well aware of the horrific story that claimed the lives of 1,517 travellers on 15th April 1912 after the “unsinkable” ship collided with an iceberg in the Atlantic sea. Professor Olson and his team of forensic astronomers believe that there may be a connection between the proximity of the Moon to the Earth and the resulting high tide, which may explain the vast number of icebergs that appeared in the Titanic’s path.
According to the physicists, on 4th January 1912 the Sun and Moon aligned, thereby enhancing the gravitational pull on one another, and during this time the Moon was the closest to the Earth than it had been for 1400 years.
As a result, this increased gravitational force on the Earth could have dislodged icebergs, causing them to float aimlessly around the Atlantic and eventually hit the ship.
Whether they’re on to something or not, one thing’s for sure – the debates will rage on and on…