Tonight's Full Moon will also be a Supermoon. So-called because the full moon will also be the closest to Earth in 18 years. The average distance between the Earth and moon is 238,000 miles. Tonight our only satellite will be a mere 221,567 miles away.
This supermoon has been linked to natural disasters in the past. Most notably, the Asian tsunami in 2004 in which the Supermoon showed up a week later. Lo and behold, we had the worst earthquake/tsunami on record just a week ago. Coincidence?
Scientists at space.com dismiss this theory though.
We're not so sure. It's a fact that the moon affects everything on Earth especially tides, so why not "assume" that the additional drag from the closer moon wouldn't affect the continental plates, hence earthquakes and tsunami's every time it gets closer?
Regardless, this event will be watched by astronomers all over the planet. So enjoy.