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The Moon Will be Bigger Tonight!

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See a Huge Moon Illusion Wednesday

Robert Roy Britt
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SPACE.comTue Jun 17, 11:15 AM ET

As the full moon rises this Wednesday evening, June 18, many people will be tricked into thinking it's unusually large

The moon illusion, as it's known, is a trick in our minds that makes the moon seem bigger when it's near the horizon. The effect is most pronounced at full moon. Many people swear it's real, suggesting that perhaps Earth's atmosphere magnifies the moon.

But it really is all in our minds. The moon is not bigger at the horizon than when overhead.

The illusion will be particularly noticeable at this "solstice moon," coming just two days before summer starts in the Northern Hemisphere. The reason, according to NASA, lies in lunar mechanics: The sun and full moon are like kids on a see-saw; when one is high, the other is low. This week's high solstice sun gives us a low, horizon-hugging moon and a strong, long-lasting version of the illusion.

If it's any consolation, space station astronauts report the same effect.

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.

If you remain doubtful, test the idea yourself. Go out at moonrise with a small object, perhaps a pencil eraser. Hold it at arm's length as the moon rises and compare the sizes of the moon and the eraser, then repeat the experiment an hour or two later when the moon is high in the sky. A rolled up tube of paper works well, too.

Moonrise times vary by location. On Wednesday, it will come up at these local times at these locations, according to NASA: New York City, 8:58 p.m.; Miami, 8:35 p.m.; Seattle, 9:51 p.m.

The moon rises about 50 minutes earlier Tuesday night, when the effect will also be noticeable because the moon will be nearly full. Oh, and that raises another fallacy: There's no such thing as a full moon.

Additional moonrise times for your location are available from the U.S. Naval Observatory Web site.

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that moons gonna be huge!




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I took quite a few pictures on Monday evening from my backyard. A couple of the good ones are posted below. Damn light pollution kills a lot of the lenghty exposure pics though
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What lens was that first one with?




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I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT and first lens was a 75-300mm Link to Wolf Camera. It's only an 8mp but taking at the highest resolution allows me to view the image at 100% (which enlarges the picture) and not distort the image so all the detail still remains untouched.
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I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT and first lens was a 75-300mm Link to Wolf Camera. It's only an 8mp but taking at the highest resolution allows me to view the image at 100% (which enlarges the picture) and not distort the image so all the detail still remains untouched.
Nice work with that lens, Oh you had to be using tripod, I owned that lens for a month till I exchanged it for the IS 70-300.




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you had to be using tripod
Yeah, any night pictures I use a tripod in order to be able to attempt time lapse and whatnot. I don't have the money for the IS lenses but the lenses I have still take fairly decent pictures. Way better than point and shoot IMO.
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I like taking moon pics.
Couple from the last eclipse (oh yeah, Taken with a stock Panasonic FZ20)

Using different exposure a little later in the eclipse:

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