“Russia Today” agency quoted “NASA” as saying that the moon will approach the earth and the distance separating the earth from the moon will decrease today evening April 27 to 357,615 kilometers. This approach will coincide with the arrival of the full moon phenomenon, as it will increase in brightness and turn into what is called a gigantic moon or “super moon.” Moon ».
The size of the moon’s disk increases at the time of the phenomenon of the giant moon by 14% and its brightness increases by 30% due to the reason of the proximity of the earth to the moon.
The phenomenon of the giant moon occurs when the distance between the earth and the moon is less than 362,000 km.
“Sky News” quoted Dr. Hassan Muhammad Asiri, head of the Astronomy and Space Sciences Department at King Abdulaziz University, that this phenomenon will be repeated on May 26, when the moon will be slightly closer to Earth by 0.04%.
The moon revolves around the earth in an elliptical orbit, and thus the distance between the moon and the earth changes during the month, as the moon passes once at the closest point in its orbit around the earth and again at the farthest point in its orbit, and for this reason the size and brightness of the moon varies in one month according to its position from these two points .
“Russia Today” quoted some scientists as being afraid of the giant moon phenomenon, because they believe it provokes floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other natural and technical disasters.
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