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Postby scottaa1 » Wed Jun 18, 2008 7:54 pm

no it's not a posting milestone thread. Just thought this article was interesting, esp. if you can time it right. I've wondered why this happens...

There's no better time to see it. The full Moon of June 18th is a "solstice moon", coming only two days before the beginning of northern summer. This is significant because 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 Moon Illusion.

Sky watchers have known for thousands of years that low-hanging moons look unnaturally big. At first, astronomers thought the atmosphere must be magnifying the Moon near the horizon, but cameras showed that is not the case. Moons on film are the same size regardless of elevation: example. Apparently, only human beings see giant moons.


http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/16jun_moonillusion.htm?list803865
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Postby RiffRaff » Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:06 pm

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Man that Gnome is huge. :-D
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Postby Canucks_Fantasy » Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:07 pm

How can you tell? Do you have a frontal picture Riffraff? :-D
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Re: The Moon is Giant

Postby scottaa1 » Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:42 pm

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Re: The Moon is Giant

Postby RiffRaff » Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:48 pm

Canucks_Fantasy wrote:How can you tell? Do you have a frontal picture Riffraff? :-D


Oh no, I've lost my laughter guy, even after that pic. :~(

That Gnome is girl, can't you tell? :-*
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