How will the Solar Eclipse and Super Moon Affect the UK Tides?
Tomorrow (Friday, March 20) we will witness Europe’s biggest solar eclipse for 16 years, but it is also a week of a number of other rare cosmic circumstances.
Earlier this week, the Northern Lights were visible from the UK, this evening we will see a Supermoon and the Spring Equinox also begins tomorrow. With all this moon based activity, one would assume it would have a great effect on the UK’s tides.
The Supermoon, the least rare of all these events, is predicted to have the biggest effect on the tides. Any new or full moon will create bigger tides, and Supermoons will increase the tides even further.
Each month, as the new moon and full moon falls, the moon and sun are aligned creating spring tides. This semimonthly occurrence makes for particularly high high tides and low low tides. A Supermoon occurs when the moon is at its nearest point to the earth. This emphasis on the spring tide forms what is called a perigean spring tide. It is however unlikely that this week’s perigean spring tide will cause flooding in the UK, unless it is accompanied with extreme weather.
Good news for boaters! This Friday is also marks the Spring Equinox, which astronomers refer to as the start of spring. The Spring Equinox occurs when the hours of daylight are equal to the hours of night. From Friday onwards, the days will get longer and we move closer towards Summer and the boating season.
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Article by Jack Bartrop