No, a Moon Won’t Turn Green on Wednesday
April 18, 2016 - Supermoon
Once again, a skywatching hoax has left viral.
To go along with a barbarous “Mars hoax,” that claims that a Red Planet will seem as vast as a full moon in a sky; a “Nibiru cataclysm,” a ostensible catastrophic confront between Earth and a vast heavenly object; and “Zero-Gravity Day,” when people on Earth presumably can knowledge weightlessness, we now have a “nights of a immature moon.”
This latest misconception to brush a blogosphere claims that on Wednesday (April 20), and again on May 29, a moon will seem to spin a shade of green. The full moon of April will start on Friday, Apr 22. [The Moon: 10 Surprising Lunar Facts ]
Which of these lunar displays is your favorite skywatching treat?
The reason given for a sprouting shift is that several planets are going to align (wrong!), causing the moon to heat with an eerie, greenish light for about 90 minutes. This philharmonic is awfully singular (so we are told), and final took place approach behind in a year 1596.
As has been a box with a fraudulent Mars, Nibiru and zero-gravity hoaxes, a green-moon summary implores we to “share this event!” And sadly, many people have apparently been snookered into doing only that.
Interestingly, a date given for a initial “moon of a opposite color,” Apr 20, is also “National Weed Day” — a day that celebrates a smoking of pot and cannabis enlightenment in general. Pot enthusiasts impute to a day numerically (“four twenty”), and a settled interlude between “green moons” is pronounced to be 420 years.
These might not be coincidences. It could really good be that whoever came adult with a “green moon” story chose a Apr 20 date and/or a 420-year duration as a anxiety to National Weed Day, whose accepted tone is also green.
The strange green-moon dishonesty indicated that Earth’s nearest neighbor would change paint on May 29. The ostensible reason was that a moon would be only 4 degrees from a green-hued world Uranus in a sky, and would somehow acquire a immature glaze from a tighten interaction. This will not happen, of course.
Somehow, that initial story was amended, and Apr 20 came into a design as well. In any case, a nights of a “green moon” are zero some-more than an civic legend. And if you’re a loyal reader of Space.com, we already knew that these stories are hoaxes, since you’ve consulted a list of a top skywatching events of 2016. The immature moon is not mentioned.
What we privately find many pathetic about a “green moon” and other hoaxes are all of a emails we accept from clearly associating and intelligent people. These missives all start out with some various of a following:
“I know this substantially isn’t true, though can we determine this?”
As if there were some reasonable possibility that, on a given night, Mars would seem as vast as a moon in a sky, or that there would be a outrageous heavenly intent that would eventually spell disaster for a planet, or that on a given day, we could spin weightless.
Or that a moon will spin green.
Use your critical-thinking skills: If something sounds too weird, crazy or extraordinary to be true, it substantially isn’t true. So, if somebody sends we an email or a tweet, or we see a Facebook post announcing that a moon will spin immature on Apr 20 or May 29, only omit it. Please?
Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest techer during New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, a Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, New York. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google+. Originally published on Space.com.