A full moon may have caused the fatal iceberg to cross paths with the shiptaffpixture/Shutterstock
Scientists recently arrived at a new theory that the full moon months before could be to blame for the collision, which killed about 1,500 people.
Quoting astronomer Donald Olson of Texas State University-San Marcos, National Geographic’s Richard A. Lovett wrote, “That full moon, on January 4, 1912, may have created unusually strong tides that sent a flotilla of icebergs southward—just in time for Titanic‘s maiden voyage.”
This wasn’t a normal full moon, though: “It was the closest lunar approach, in fact, since A.D. 796, and Earth won’t see its like again until 2257,” wrote Lovett. Here are some more spooky facts you never knew about the moon.
Nearly five Titanics could be built with the money James Cameron’s Titanic movie has made worldwide20th Century Fox/Shutterstock
According to the California ScienCenter, the Titanic would cost about $400 million to build today. James Cameron’s Academy Award-winning film Titanic has earned over $1.84 billion worldwide since its release in 1997—enough to construct about 4.6 complete replicas of the ship. That’s not counting money earned from the 3D re-release of the film in spring 2012.