Now, the moon will appear 14 per cent bigger in the sky and will send about 30 per cent more light to the Earth. “If you go somewhere dark, you don’t need a flashlight to read,” astronomer Paul Mortfield, former director of Toronto’s David Dunlap Observatory said. The supermoon will hit its peak over North America on Monday morning at 6:22 a.m. ET. A big, bright moon should be visible Sunday and Monday evening. The moon will be some 356,000 kilometres away from the Earth. A supermoon is undeniably beautiful.
Conspiracy theorists have raised alarm that the closest supermoon thus far this century could generate strong tidal forces, sparking devastating tidal waves and triggering mega earthquakes due to the stress on the Earth’s crust caused by the extra combined gravitational pull of the aligned Sun and Moon on Earth at lunar perigee. Scientists had denied such claims, saying that even the most powerful tidal forces are too weak to cause earthquakes.