People Think Supermoon Is NASA Conspiracy – And That The Moon Is Actually 4.7 Miles Away

Our last supermoon, on 14 November last year, was the closest the moon had been to the Earth since 1948, setting the bar pretty high for future supermoons. Tonight's won't be quite as big - but the next time a full moon will come even closer to us won't be until 2034, so you'd better lap this shit up.

"Our Moon circles the Earth on an orbit that takes 27 days to complete," Dr Greg Brown at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich told the Daily Express. "That orbit isn't perfectly clear - it's slightly oval in shape.

"And that means that at certain times during the orbit, the moon is slightly closer to the Earth than at other times.

"A full moon or a new moon which occurs during the closest point in this orbit is known as a supermoon."

However, one YouTuber, RichieFromBoston suggests we shouldn't be getting too excited, claiming in one video that the moon is actually a lot closer to Earth than we've been told.

Credit: YouTube / RichieFromBoston

For yonks now scientists have said that the moon is about 225,744 miles (363,299 km) away, though obviously this varies, but Richie claims that this is a conspiracy - and the moon is instead just 4.7 miles (7.6km) away from us.

How did he come to this conclusion? With a very simple method: just zooming in on a camera.

"In the daylight, I am zooming right in on the Moon - no problem - with a Nikon P900. And I can zoom even further that that.

"You can literally see what looks to be stars shining right through it."

Credit: YouTube / RichieFromBoston

He then compares the view with that of a building near him.

"Right over here is the Boston skyline. See it? And right there is the Prudential building, which if you Google it, from my house to the Prudential, it's 4.7 miles away as the crow flies."

Zooming in on the Prudential building, he says: "This is gonna be a test to prove the moon is nowhere near 234,000 miles away."

Richie goes on to say that he was able to see more detail from zooming in on the moon than he could on the building that's 4.7 miles away, apparently proving that the moon is way closer than we thought.

"Everything that they tell us is a lie. I can zoom in more on the Moon than I can on a building that I can see with my naked eye."

He adds: "Do not believe NASA because they are lying about our entire origin."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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