The fact is that next week, the moon will be closer to earth than normal - due to this, many expect huge earthquakes and tsunamis, winds of 300mph, snowstorms in Sahara and heatwave in Alaska, total chaos. Well, as a matter of fact, being the moon closer to earth is absolutely normal. The orbit of the moon is elliptical (better described as egg-like orbit), with an average distance of 235,000 miles. At its furthest it is 248,000 miles away.
When the moon is at its closest (some 221,567 miles), then we have a lunar perigee, and it occurs once every month. But next week, this event will be combined with a full moon, and this happens once every two or three years. This event will cause the lunar surface to appear some 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons. And as Dr David Harland, space historian and author:
|It's possible that the moon may be a kilometer or two closer to Earth than normal at a perigee, but it's an utterly insignificant event.|
Sorry mates, the end of the world is not yet to come. Just enjoy a spectacular full moon.