Why does the moon look different in the northern and southern hemispheres?

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John S Mc Fall asked the Naked Scientists:

3 nights ago, the UK Media advised the public of a major phenomenon ie the Moon was passing the earth closer than for many, many years and would appear 40% larger than normal, this event would coincide with a display of meteor showers.

We live outside of Cape Town, how come we didn't see anything in the southern hemisphere and I kept going outside for a look. What is the explanation for the fact that the southern hemisphere was excluded from the event?

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John Mc Fall

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Offline Vern

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3 nights ago, the UK Media advised the public of a major phenomenon ie the Moon was passing the earth closer than for many, many years and would appear 40% larger than normal, this event would coincide with a display of meteor showers.
This don't look right to me. Are you sure it was the moon? I think the moon pretty well stays put in orbit and doesn't vary in distance by very much. Certainly not 40%. ??:

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Okay that makes sense. It appears 40% larger because of where the full moon happens in the elliptical orbit. I wouldn't think the southern hemisphere would be excluded.

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You are misquoting the size increase was 14% (not 40)and that was probably over the minimum size rather than the average.
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