On the Summer Moon

Expect to see a super-sized Moon this week. From NASA’s webpage on the subject:

Step outside any evening at sunset and look around. You’ll see a giant moon rising in the east. It looks like Earth’s moon, round and cratered; the Man in the Moon is in his usual place. But something’s wrong. This full moon is strangely inflated. It’s huge!

You’ve just experienced the Moon Illusion.

Sky watchers have known this for thousands of years: moons hanging low in the sky look unnaturally big. Cameras don’t see it, but our eyes do. It’s a real illusion.

This week’s full moon hangs lower in the sky than any full moon since June 1987, so the Moon Illusion is going to be extra strong.

Go! Look!

One thought on “On the Summer Moon

  1. is it true this years moon illusion on June 22nd will be even bigger and better than last year?
    I havent seen anything written on this story since last summer.

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