How the Moon Sank the Titanic

A cosmic convergence may have led to the tragedy

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How the Moon Sank the Titanic. A cosmic convergence may have led to the tragedy.

There's never been any mystery about what sank the Titanic 100 years ago next month: an iceberg was the perp; case closed. Now, however, it appears there may have been an unindicted co-conspirator, one that avoided suspicion all these years: the moon. That's the conclusion of two physicists from Texas State University at San Marcos who lay out their idea in the current edition of Sky & Telescope.

The authors, Donald Olson and Russell Doescher, along with Roger Sinnott, a senior contributing editor of the magazine, begin with a convergence that occurred months before the Titanic set sail--on Jan. 4, 1912,...

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