Learn Why the Moon Appears Larger on the Horizon
"Cold hearted orb that rules the night... we decide which is right. And which is an illusion." Thank you for linking this from the super moon article, for the info and also that homey yet somewhat surreal-looking photo.
Yeah it's not because the moon is closer lololololol, it's not closer at moonrise, farther at peak height, then closer again at moonset lolololol
During the 1st week of July a couple yrs ago I was staying at a Gulf of Mexico cabin. I woke up in the middle of the night and thought I was dreaming when I looked out and saw what I thought was a second sunset but quickly realized it was a moon-set. The moon was very large and red and spread a rosy path on the water. What caused this illusion?
South of the Equator the moon looks larger because it goes round at the shortest distance also the atmosphere acts like a Lens it’s curved therefore magnifying the Moon !.
As mentioned in the above article, when the Moon is near the horizon, it looks large. The lit part of the Moon is due to reflected sunlight. When the Moon is near the horizon, its reflected sunlight has to pass through more atmosphere than when it was higher. As a result, more of the shorter wavelengths (blue and green) get scattered, leaving the longer wavelengths, such as red light. (This happens at sunset, too.)
You might also see a red Moon (no matter where it is in the sky) if the atmosphere has a lot of particles, such as due to a fire, volcanic eruption, or pollution, because the particles also scatter more of the shorter wavelengths of light.
I would like to view the Moon Illusion, take photograph of supet size moon. Ive only seen it 2 times ands was awestruck. When in 2014 can I see this moon? What can I use to photograph it to get the same effect.
The best time to see the Moon illusion is when the Moon is near the horizon, either rising or setting. The full Moon rises around the time of sunset, so that would be a good time to try the experiment. Photographs will show the same size Moon no matter where it is in the sky. Your eye, however, will interpret the Moon as getting smaller the higher it ascends in the sky. The next full Moon will be on Friday, February 14, 2014. The one after that, Sunday, March 16. Check here to see when the Moon will rise in your area:
When the "enlarged" moon is near the horizon, another way to negate this optical illusion: face away from the moon, then bend over and look at the moon between your legs. Lo and behold, the moon looks its usual size.
I have a question about a smiling moon? In the northeast area of US I have been seeing alot of the smiling moon, what is that about?
The crescent moon looks like a smile in the winter and spring and like a backwards "C" in the summer and fall. This is related to the Moon's path, where the Sun is, and how and where it shines on the Moon.