As space enthusiasts gear up for the much-anticipated supermoon on Tuesday night, a New Zealand seismologist is more skeptical towards the phenomenon, saying it could have triggered the powerful earthquake that struck the country on Monday. People from across the globe are waiting until nightfall to view the supermoon, which will cause the moon to appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual on Tuesday.

And while the supermoon is sure to wow spectators and provide stunning images, Dr. John Ristau, a seismologist for GNS Science – a research institute focusing on geology, geophysics, and nuclear science – is saying the supermoon could have also been behind a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit New Zealand early on Monday, triggering hundreds of aftershocks and killing at least two people. READ MORE