Sunspots to blame for Titanic tragedy.
Unusual solar activity and bad
timing were the main factors in the sinking of the Titanic a
new study of sunspots suggests.
Mr Lawrences` report published in the Royal Meteorological Society journal "Weather" also reports that the sudden drop in temperature reported by the crew just hours before the collision was a sure sign that icebergs were nearby.
Although many other factors surrounding
the sinking of the Titanic have been documented in great detail,
Mr Lawrence strongly believes that the weather has been greatly
Mr Lawrence`s study of records finds a strong connection between the 11 year cycle of rising and falling sunspot activity, (dark patches that appear on the Sun`s surface), and the large number of icebergs in the area where the Titanic sank.
According to Mr Lawrence the maiden voyage in 1912 of the Titanic came just over a year before the sunspot cycle reached it`s lowest point in July 1913.
"At this time, there were more icebergs than usual,
Source newpaper article by David Derbyshire ( science correspondent ).