Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Huge Moon - Just Snapped These Pics


As the full moon rises this Wednesday evening, June 18, many people will be hoodwinked into thinking it's unusually large. Ignorant minds will swear the moon is bigger, but the trained mind, like mine, knows it's a mere illusion. A trick in your minds that makes the moon seem bigger when it's near the horizon. Tonight, this illusion will be particularly noticeable at this "solstice moon," coming just two days before summer starts in the Northern Hemisphere.

It's all in your head. The moon is not bigger at the horizon than when overhead.

Here's how it works: Your mind believes things on the horizon are farther away than things overhead, because you are used to seeing clouds just a few miles above, but the clouds on the horizon can indeed be hundreds of miles away. So if we think something (such as the moon) is farther away, and it's not, then it seems larger.

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