“That’s crazy. They’re lying to us”
YouTuber RichieFromBoston claimed the astrological body is much closer to Earth than scientists have reported.
Boffins have long said the Moon is about 22,5744 miles away – while the conspiracy theorist suggests its just 4.7 miles from us.
Using a Nikon P900 camera he zooms in all the way to the Moon, exposing its surface.
In the video, he said: “In the daylight, I am zooming right in on the Moon – no problem. You can literally see what looks to be stars shining right through it.”
He added: “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.
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“That’s crazy. They’re lying to us. Do not believe NASA because they are lying about our entire origin.”
But NASA rubbished the conspiracy theorist’s claims and said super-powerful lasers could precisely measure the Moon’s distance from Earth.
A spokesman for the space agency added: “The Earth can be, and still is, routinely measured to the centimetre level, or better, and their relative positions are known to a similar level.”
During today’s supermoon event the astrological body will shorten the distance between itself and Earth when it reaches its point of perigee.
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This happens because the gravitational effects from the world keep the Moon in an orbit that brings it closer and pushes it further away during different times of the year.
Dr Greg Brown at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich told the Daily Express: “Our Moon circles the Earth on an orbit that takes 27 days to complete. 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.”