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The Vibrating Moon

July 31, 2010
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the animated comedy series and blog lunki and sika - sika in a family guy angry monkey t-shirtI am back at the house I house-sat in last week; this time in my secondary occupation: Dog Watcher. The dog that was a menace last summer has grown from a puppy into a less biting-shitting-and-peeing-everywhere-kind of dog. He’s pretty cool nowadays.

A couple of nights ago we did however experience something weird. It was in the middle of the night with a full moon shining down on us while I was trying to get him to take a dump on the lawn.

I looked up at the moon and witnessed something scary. The moon was shaking. Literally shaking. It’s hard to explain what it looked like but it freaked me out. I have never seen anything like it before. And when the dog started to bark at the moon I decided to get back inside.

Did anyone else witness the moon vibrating like a maracas or am I loosing my mind?

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  1. August 5, 2010 10:59

    You are loosing your mind…surprised?

    But don´t worry, it will work out fine.

    Axartist

  2. Sarah permalink
    August 29, 2010 10:59

    I was just looking at the moon………. i thought it was a bit lower in the sky than normal. and alot brighter. then i kept looking as it and I saw it moving! scared the hell out of me. it looked as though it was shaking on the spot, within the past 10 mins I can see it has got higher in the sky. but it freaked me out! so I wanted to google it, I also looked on the news to see if it was the end of the world…… :s

    • Sika permalink*
      September 6, 2010 10:59

      Thanks for commenting and letting everyone know that I’m perhaps not crazy!! I have searched forums across the Internet and found an Australian couple with the same experience as you and me. So now we are four. Hopefully more will emerge!!

      • Natawnee permalink
        November 13, 2010 10:59

        You are not crazy and apparently I am not either. I saw the moon shaking many years ago and I never knew what it was all about or met anyone who said they saw something like this either. I havent seen it happen since but it was a crazy trip!!

        • Sika permalink*
          November 16, 2010 10:59

          Thanks for sharing your story. I am trying to come up with a name for us “moon-shaker-watchers”. So far that’s all I got.

      • Anonymous permalink
        August 1, 2015 10:59

        I just saw it shake like crazy on my way home

        • shelly permalink
          August 2, 2015 10:59

          My husband and I saw it shake on Aug 1, 2015 as well. We live in Minnesota. Where did you see it?

    • Fic permalink
      August 10, 2014 10:59

      I just witnessed it tonight for the first time. I literally had hair standing up all over my body. It was the freakiest thing i ever saw. I was sitting outside with my dad and i started to stare at the moon. After a while i thought i saw it shaking so i told my dad and he thought i was kidding but he saw it too. I believe it was either the earth shaking or it couldve been a moonquake which could be caused by multiple things. But it was still very strange to me. Your not crazy haha but we might be. 🙂 No there is a logical explanation for it when i find out i will let you know. There are too many of us that have seen this for us to be crazy.

      • Dan permalink
        August 13, 2014 10:59

        I saw it too! Very same night! What’s going on here? Some kind of atmospheric distortion similar to what causes an orange moon?

  3. Sydney permalink
    February 17, 2011 10:59

    My Father , Uncle and family friend just witnessed this .
    They noticed it happened every full moon .

    • Sika permalink*
      February 18, 2011 10:59

      Really, every time? That’s amazing. Next full moon, I’m definitely going to be looking up.

  4. Jeff permalink
    March 21, 2011 10:59

    I saw the same thing Saturday 3/19. My wife and kids all saw it too. Never seen anything like it.

  5. Ireland permalink
    May 15, 2011 10:59

    16 / 5 / 2011 full moon. Was just out having a smoke, after starting at it for a couple of minutes its started shaking, or vibrating. Thought it was my eyes but everything else was still. It was amazing! never seen it before. just googled it to find some threads when i stumbled upon this. Didnt find much, but atleast i know it wasnt my imagination!

  6. Farmer Steve permalink
    August 11, 2011 10:59

    11/08/2011 full moon. I’m in central France and I just saw the full moon in clear sky with almost no clouds and it was shaking/vibrating heavily and emitting a blue glow that got larger and smaller. It also got brighter and then less bright again a few times. My mother was right beside me and she actually saw it first. I looked it up on the internet and found your page talking about it as well as some others. Apparently this has been going on for at least a couple years and quite a few people must have witnessed it already. Totally crazy phenomenon!

    • Sika permalink*
      August 12, 2011 10:59

      Yeah, it was scary, yet an amazing sight. And I love to see people from all over the world sharing their stories here!!

      Thank you (and your mom)!

  7. Farmer Steve permalink
    August 12, 2011 10:59

    There’s actually a lot of interesting information out there about the true origins of the moon and also about what’s really going on there. George Kavassilas talks about it (www.our-journey-home.com or look on YouTube) and David Icke talks about it extensively in his latest book. There’s also a book called ‘Who Built the Moon?’ by Christopher Knight and Alan Butler. Look it up on Amazon. Very intriguing stuff.

  8. Anonymous permalink
    August 14, 2011 10:59

    You’s trollin’.

  9. Kait permalink
    September 9, 2011 10:59

    googled “shaking moon” because it is shaking right now.. also bouncing. it looks like it’s fighting some kind of pull and it moves from side to side and gets pulled down. my mom and i were looking at the clouds because they look amazing right now and i said “i think i’m need to go to bed cause the moon looks like it’s moving and she was like i wasn’t going to say anything but i see it too” we’ve been staring at it for the past ten minutes i would really like to know why this is happening.. it is the scariest most fantastic thing i have ever seen. I expected to see a bunch of headlines about the end of the world or something on yahoo! WTF IS THIS CRAP!? if anyone else finds info PLEASE post it! this is amazing.

    9/9/11 around 11:40 pm NJ

  10. Andrew Forin permalink
    November 29, 2011 10:59

    There is a boring explanation to the moon shaking phenominon. First I would lime to say that I too have witnessed the moon vibrate and shake during a full moon, almost as if it was going to erupt. I was sleeping out on the lawn with my friends one summer when I was young, back in the 90’s. We all saw it.
    This is simply an optical illusion caused from the bright foreground of the moon on a dark background. Next time you see a full moon, if you watch it long enough it will usually start to shake. You can snap out of it, and stop / start the shaking (from my experience). This is however, my own personal theory. I may be wrong. I didn’t find anything online to support my theory other than “Pareidolia”. Search it on wiki. This isn’t a great match for my theory but one step closer to explaining how it’s possible.

    • Sika permalink*
      November 29, 2011 10:59

      Interesting, and thanks for your comment.

      In my experience, I tried to “snap out of it”, went inside to get my video camera and when I was outside again it was still vibrating as I looked up. It didn’t take any time for it to start vibrating again, is what I’m saying. My attempt to film it failed, since it was too dark outside to film the moon and also get a reference point (something NOT moving) in the frame as well.

  11. nikki permalink
    January 20, 2012 10:59

    I too am one of the elite “MAGIC MOON” club! I saw it hopping, dancing, vibrating & shaking in the sky in South Africa last year during our winter. It was completely AMAZING… also had to run and call the children to observe the phenomenon to make sure there was nothing wrong with my eyes. Would LOVE to find an explanation for it. Until then, I’ll just enjoy the magic!

    • Sika permalink*
      January 20, 2012 10:59

      I think “Magic Moon Club” is a great suggestion for our little group. Welcome to the club, by the way!

      • Lala Sadie permalink
        June 8, 2012 10:59

        Yey! Just this night, June 08, 2012 .. me and my friends saw it here in the philippines, but its not full moon. it shaked while rising up in the sky. we’re freakin out with excitement. it’s great! 😀

  12. Sophia permalink
    August 3, 2012 10:59

    I just saw this last night, in NJ 8/2/12. I was outside looking at the full moon in a field down the street. I was grounding myself and all of the sudden the moon started to shake & bounce. I thought it was my Rx eye glasses or from focusing too long so i turned around. When I looked up again, there it was, bouncing and shaking. Pretty Amazing. At that very moment I felt enlightened. I wonder if this is something that is ‘normal’?? I’ve never seen it before. It was really amazing.

  13. Carlos permalink
    August 28, 2012 10:59

    28AUG12 I’m stationed in San diego bay I have the night watch and just stared at the moon. And out of nowhere the moon started to vibrate, which I thought it was cause I was tired from staying up all night. But if other people say they saw it well I guess I must not be crazy oh and it was full moon night

  14. Ol'Texas Boy permalink
    September 2, 2012 10:59

    On Aug 31st 2012 here in Texas I saw the moon shake. I thought I was going nuts. The clouds around it were completely still. Just like everyone else I was kind of freaked by the event but it was really a amazing site. This also happened to be when there was the True Blue Moon.

    • claudia permalink
      September 8, 2012 10:59

      Saw the blue full moon shake too, 8/31/12. was doing a cleansing ritual out on my deck in silverlake, ca had just asked for healing relating to fertility and womb balance and harmony looked up the whole time the moon was beaming even through the trees, and there she was moving and shaking it scared me i collected myself looked again and then i totally felt she was dancing and i saw her face, beautiful and feminine. very intense, very powerful. looked around cleared my eyes but nothing else was moving. felt like lady moon was coming towards me too not just moving about but in all directions, staccato with rhythm.

  15. Mary permalink
    September 29, 2012 10:59

    We were looking at the moon last night, Sept. 28, 2012, which is not entirely full for 2 more days. Our 7 year old grand daughter noticed it first, then the 4 of us all saw it shaking. What I find interesting is that I have found no explanation for it on the web, and we can usually find anything online.

  16. Anonymous permalink
    May 29, 2013 10:59

    I have seen it on two occasions, both times the moon was full. It dances, vibrates, oscillates up and down and from side to side. Literally looks as though someone has placed the moon there and it could go anywhere. My partner was sitting with me both times and saw what I saw. I am looking for information on this topic but for once, the information available is scarce. It is an amazing thing to see.

  17. C & N permalink
    June 18, 2013 10:59

    Dear Sika..

    Just a few minutes ago me and my brother were sitting in the backyard just chilling and enjoying the hot summer evening. We looked up at the sky checking the clouds and the moon. I tought that my eyes were shaking… untill my brother said: omg the moon is shaking!! It scared the hell out of us. It kept going on for 10 minutes or so. We could’nt believe it. Then after all this, the moon suddenly stopt shaking!! We immidiatley searched on google and saw your website. We are from Holland

    We hope to hear from you soon.

  18. Anonymous permalink
    June 22, 2013 10:59

    Hi all – I’m in NW Pennsylvania…just saw exactly what you’re all describing. We have a full moon tonight…they said on the news that it’s a “super” moon this month. I was out watching the stars with my daughter & as the moon was rising it looked like it was shaking.& bouncing around…never seen anything like it! My kids didn’t see it & said…mom, you’re hallucinating! It happened when it was lower in the sky just coming over the trees…seems to have stopped now that it’s higher in the sky…very cool experience even though my kids think I’m nuts!

  19. Anonymous permalink
    June 22, 2013 10:59

    I saw it too tonight – the supermoon. Thought it was my eyes at first so I focused on a tree and it was not shaking. Looked back at the moon and it was still shaking. Weird.

  20. Anon. permalink
    June 24, 2013 10:59

    Omg. My mom and I saw it too. It was the craziest thing. We were out having a smoke and saw big clouds. The moon was behind it creating a silver lining on top. It kept rising and finally was completely visible. We looked up again and I said, “Whoa now it looks like it’s shaking and oscillating.” My mom said, “Holy shit. You see it too?” The best way I could describe it was that it looked like a “Boo” from Mario how it moved. My mom immediately called the local news channel and left a message since it was midnight. I’ve been researching lunar activity, but I’m convinced it was a phenomenon. I don’t know whether to be amazed or scared! I’m so glad you all saw it too!!! :0

  21. werewolf permalink
    July 17, 2013 10:59

    i was just smoking a cigarette and i kept staring at the moon, it wasn’t full. i guess if you just try to focus on it without peeking in other directions it starts shaking like crazy. my heart-rate raised like shit, when i went inside my pupils were fixated.

  22. Lisa b permalink
    August 19, 2013 10:59

    Hi was out camping on the weekend and all,of our group witnessed the moon shaking also ,
    Anybody have an explanation for this ? We were all freaked out

  23. Anonymous permalink
    November 30, 2013 10:59

    Any movement on the moon visible with the naked eye would have be at least 20 or more miles, now imagine moving mount Everest 20 miles and then back in lest than a second, not possible.

  24. Anonymous permalink
    July 10, 2014 10:59

    me and my entire family of 6 just saw the moon shaking. we have come up with it has to have something to do with gravitational pull as it spins around the earth

  25. Jarred James Ronaghan lucas permalink
    July 14, 2014 10:59

    i myself was just having a smoke on prince edward island, and thought i was crazy, thank goodness this is a thing. i watched for a good 20 minutes and thought i was losing my vision or something. apparently it has something to do with the earth shaking, that makes me think….

  26. stelian permalink
    August 8, 2014 10:59

    Me and a friend just saw the moon shaking yesterday. But today I realize it was not the moon, it was the earth.

    • Anonymous permalink
      August 10, 2014 10:59

      It’s a super moon today, and I just experienced the same thing in the US, New Jersey. I’m thinking it’s the earth actually. Bizarre nonetheless.

    • Karen (Naturally Healthy) permalink
      September 1, 2014 10:59

      i seen the moon shaking but it was not the earth it was the moon literally shaking

  27. Anonymous permalink
    August 11, 2014 10:59

    When you are staring at the moon or any object for a given period of time your brain can play some serious tricks on you . Look at it through a tree line and the longer you stare, your peripheral vision will start to add and take away auras in the sky line. Another possibility of why the moon may appear to shake is the experience of vertigo. Yet still, keep in mind as well all the planets and their satellites have ranges of gravity. The interplay of them as they move in their orbits could very well be visible if one fixes their sight on the moon. I would use the idea of magnets. Depending on their size and makeup they can have strong or weak attraction to objects around them. as they pass within range of one another they give a little tug. Unlike magnetism, the force of gravity is not limited to metallic elements. It is possible you are witnessing with the naked eye the typically unoticed pull of other celestial bodies on each other as they move along their orbits.

  28. alabama permalink
    August 30, 2014 10:59

    Man dude I thought my mom was crazy after she told me this. she and a freind saw the moon quivering and shaking explained it as a real eradic movement and I’ve never heard of any scientific term or anything else for that matter. Someone should call nasa snd report this or something. Also this happpened 2 hours ago or so.

    • alabama permalink
      August 30, 2014 10:59

      Also wasn’t a full moon

  29. Karen (Naturally Healthy) permalink
    September 1, 2014 10:59

    I seen the moon shaking here in Newfoundland June 14,2014 before midnight. there was clouds there and just he moon shaking, so i dont believe the earth could be shaking, it was about 10 minutes or so

  30. Sylvie permalink
    September 10, 2014 10:59

    I saw the moon shaking in the summer 2013 in Oka, a town located about 40 minutes drive from Montréal. I thought I had to much wine until my 10 years old daughter said ” mama, look at the moon, it´s jumping!!!!”. It was incredible!!!

  31. Anonymous permalink
    August 5, 2015 10:59

    My husband and I experienced it on 2 august 2015 when the moon was rising. The moon was not full. We saw the aura,s from the trees and the moon was rising very fast and started to shake.We are from Belgium. We had a blue moon just a few days before. And yesterday I saw a “really” blue moon. I’m glad that we are not the only one who have seen this. No one will believe this. Maybe we all had a blue moonday.
    miljafora44@gmail.com

  32. John permalink
    August 15, 2015 10:59

    My son and I were observing the “blue moon” , the clouds we’re in the sky but the moon was clearly visible. At the same time my son and I both said…. WOW. !!! So I asked him what are you seeing? He very quickly said DAD, the moon is shaking! I told him ” I see it too son, let get a point of reference. ” so we used the gable end of the house and a tree about 30 feet to the right of the gable, so we could see to NON moving grounded points of references. The Moon was still shaking in a left to right at a very high rate, and then started to rotate counter clockwise as it was shaking. This all lasted about 2 minutes, before a Very dark cloud moved over the moon blotting it out of site. Mind you the clouds we’re very thin and very far apart , this one was as out of place as the strange ” shaking moon”.

    • Maryfperry1624 permalink
      June 17, 2016 10:59

      I got video of this tonight and the dark cloud u spoke of but ours looked like smoke and the clouds behind the smoke did not move in all of this random wind we had this evening. The smoke like clouds were just above the tree line in our back yard my brother and I both saw

  33. Chelsey permalink
    September 2, 2015 10:59

    Yes!!

    It was my nan that pointed it out to us last night, we all stood there staring at the moon and it was shaking, it was the weirdest, most surreal thing I have ever witnessed!

  34. Jeff in Missouri permalink
    September 27, 2015 10:59

    Saw it tonight during the “blood moon.” I was on the phone with my mom who lives 30 miles away and she said wow, it looks like the moon is moving. I looked up and saw it dancing back and forth. My wife and son thought I was crazy, until my son looked up and said that he saw it. Very interesting.

  35. Dave permalink
    November 26, 2015 10:59

    Just saw this tonight on my walk home from work. A live in rural England, and I noticed it while it was a particularly dark part of the walk. My best guess is it’s the autokinetic effect: basically if you stare at a point of light on a dark background it will start to appear to shake around because your eye has nothing else to compare its position to. It’s commonly seen when observing solitary stars.

  36. anonymous permalink
    November 26, 2015 10:59

    Saw it in NJ during september 2015 blood moon. Vigorous shaking and jumping swirling around as if ball on water being pushed around thought I was having eye problem or cracking up until wife said something about it. Went on for about 20 minutes, Gave me very eerie feeling. Just kept wondering if anyone else had seen it so started searching internet. Surprised not more info. Many people had to notice. Couldn’t miss the extreme movement

  37. harry permalink
    February 22, 2016 10:59

    WHAT A SITE! it shook and my body almost felt like it didnt exist for a few moments there. what ever causes it, i am thankful it was beautiful!!!
    full moon and only heard of it happening when full moon

  38. Anonymous permalink
    March 2, 2016 10:59

    Last 1/23/16 i saw the moon vibrating/shaking. like what you guys said it was a full moon. at first i thought i was hallucinating and i told my friend to look at it, she told me it really was shaking. i was so freaked out that time and scared AF and felt amazed at the same time. Any Scientific reason for this? I’m damn curious

  39. Ellish permalink
    March 13, 2016 10:59

    I told my classmates, but they said that I might hallucinating, drunk, has sight problem and et cetera. I decided not to spoke again.

  40. Anonymous permalink
    April 4, 2016 10:59

    I saw it once but it was years ago in the 90’safe when I was in my teens.

  41. sooszi permalink
    May 19, 2016 10:59

    5/19/2016 went out for a smoke, looked at the Moon, saw it shaking, looked around for aliens and went to bed

  42. Liam permalink
    June 18, 2016 10:59

    I know this is 6years old but I’ve just had the same experience about 5 minutes ago!! I pretty confused to be honest as I tried to show my brother and these thick black clouds came across the front of it! So he thinks I’m crazy! Wasent normal atall! Looked out of rythem kept jerking! Strange hope to get a reply!

  43. June 18, 2016 10:59

    Man that was crazy thank god I’m not the only one that’s witnessed it what an amazing site! Yet terrifying at the same time lol! I see it as it was out of rythem and was jerking about! My brother didn’t take the time too look properly told me I’m crazy! Was vibrating and bouncing in directions but in a circular way of that makes sense! Well confused

  44. Mauricia Grant permalink
    June 20, 2016 10:59

    Atlanta, GA USA June 20th 2016. Went moon watching purposely tonight because of the “strawberry moon” as I was watching it from my car I thought, maybe its the heat waves making it look shakey. So I got out of the car to stand on solid ground and it was wobbling around. It’s a beautiful thing.

  45. brian permalink
    June 21, 2016 10:59

    wife and saw the moon shaking last night. 6-20-2016. very, very obvious to see. I thought I was loosing my mind as well. wife got home at 10:30 pm and saw the same thing.

    • Diana Herrera permalink
      July 14, 2016 10:59

      Maybe a gas that causes a mirage I’ve seen it bounce

  46. Jason permalink
    June 22, 2016 10:59

    Shaking moon June 21 2016 Pittsburg pa. Free trip!

    • Peg permalink
      July 22, 2016 10:59

      Just saw it tonight, July 22, in Cleveland, OH. Moving around, wobbling. Thought I was losing it. My husband saw it as well when I called him outside to look. It is a few days past full and just starting to wane, on a very warm night. I wonder if it’s a mirage due to an unstable atmosphere from the heat? Whatever it is, it looked amazing. And strange.

  47. Anita permalink
    July 20, 2016 10:59

    Yes tonight I did and it was very weird – it was bouncing

  48. Daisy Lovenbury permalink
    July 28, 2016 10:59

    Last night (27th July 2016) I saw the moon shaking. It wasn’t even half full

  49. Dom permalink
    October 16, 2016 10:59

    It freaked me out when I saw the moon shake whilst I was living in NZ. I then used my optical background to get to the bottom of it. In my case the moon was be behind dappled clouds. Their slow movement across the moon causes a focus/fixation issue which your eyes try to resolve. They do this by twitching very quickly to resolve the depth of field disparity…which would only work at close range. This results it the fixation target, the moon, appearing to vibrate pretty quickly and consistently. If you’ve noticed it happen on a clear night, I’d suggest your ocular motor muscles have randomly gone in to spasm. Hope this helps. Still a freakin’ weird experience though!

  50. teamszech permalink
    December 19, 2016 10:59

    YES!!! Thank God someone else has witnessed that sh*t! It’d wiggle a bit, move forward, then back, then forward. Then it would just jump and dance all over the damn place! I’ve seen it twice now for sure and I’ve been lucky enough to have someone with me on both occasions. Soo trippy.

  51. December 30, 2016 10:59

    The first time I witnessed the shaking moon was when I was still around six years old (I’m 32 now). Believe me, it really freaked me out. It was also a full moon and the moon was yellowish-orange. BTW, I’m from the Philippines and that happened way back in the 90s.

  52. Chad permalink
    January 13, 2017 10:59

    Took the dogs out at 9 pm eastern time on 12 January 2017. I looked at moon and it was dancing and vibrating as clouds went by very fast. I could only look at for 5 to 10 seconds at time because it actually made my head feel like it was spinning. I would look away and then look back many times just trying to prove to myself that it was real. It was very trippy.

  53. Helen Josland permalink
    March 4, 2017 10:59

    It’s a longtime ago but I have seen the moon bounce too. I was with 2 others who also saw it. Sat on top of a temple at Tikal in Guatemala when I was travelling and no I wasn’t taking anything! Same as you full moon in the middle of the night and the moon vibrated or bounced! Never seen or heard anything like it before or after until I read your post!

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