IT promises a unique photo opportunity for amateur astronomers. Earth will next week be at its closest point to the moon since 1992. The March 19 event - known as a 'lunar perigee - will see the moon pass just 221,567miles away from our planet. But the Internet is awash with conspiracy-minded amateur scientists warning that such a 'supermoon could disrupt Earths climate patterns and may even cause earthquakes and volcanic activity. Previous supermoons took place in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005 - all years that had extreme weather events. The tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia happened two weeks before the January 2005 supermoon. And on Christmas Day 1974, Cyclone Tracy laid waste to Darwin, Australia. But Pete Wheeler of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy said to treat any warnings of an impending apocalypse with scepticism. 'There will be no earthquakes or volcanoes erupting, unless they are to happen anyway, he told 'The Earth will experience just a lower than usual low tide and a higher than usual high tide around the time of the event, but nothing to get excited about. Australian astronomer David Reneke agrees, pointing out that conspiracy theorists will always be able to find a natural disaster to link to a certain time and blame it on a supermoon. He told the website: 'If you try hard enough you can chronologically associate almost any natural disaster or event to anything in the night sky - comet, planet, sun. 'Remember in the past, planetary alignments were going to pull the sun apart. It didnt happen. DM