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Moonageddon in two weeks?

world Updated: Mar 04, 2011 23:19 IST
lunar perigee

In two weeks, Earth could be headed for a big showdown according to some, for the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in 18 years, an event that is known as a "lunar perigee".

One astronomer, who titled the event 'SuperMoon' has predicted that it may bring worrying disruptions to Earth's climate patterns.

On March 19, the moon will be just 356,577 km away from Earth, an event that has Internet theorists talking about the possibility of extreme weather, earthquakes and volcanoes.

However, scientists have rubbished the theories.

"There will be no earthquakes or volcanoes unless they are to happen anyway," Pete Wheeler of International Centre for Radio Astronomy, said. "(Earth will experience) just a lower than usual low tide and higher than usual high tide around the time of the event."

Astronomer David Reneke claims there's more cause for alarm about extent of human paranoia than any impending apocalypse.