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Moon comes closer to earth on Poya day

Mar 19, 2011 12:04:32 PM - itnnews.lk

Have you noticed a difference between the Moon that you witness on other Poya days  and today?

The Moon that you observe today is bigger in size due it being positioned in the closest point to the earth after 18 years. Every year the moon comes closer to earth. Senior Lecturer of the Physics faculty of Colombo University Dr. Chandana Jayaratne said that it is a rare occurrence as it coincides with the Poya Day. He stressed that there is no truth in the reports that this may cause natural disasters.

It is after 1993 that the Moon has come closest to the earth. He said that such a situation occurs every 14 months and sometimes the Moon is placed at the furthest point from the earth due to its elliptical orbit. It was positioned at the furthest point on 6th March.  He said that wind can also increase high tides due to this situation.

The people have the opportunity to witness Saturn as well as another star called Spica near the Moon.  He said that on 6th of  May next year too the Moon will come closer to  earth on a Full  Moon Poya Day.