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Alan Wheeler
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Moon Illusion appearing on March 19, 2011

[from Yahoo News]

When the perigee moon lies close to the horizon, it can appear absolutely enormous. That is when the famous “moon illusion” combines with reality to produce a truly stunning view.

For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, a low-hanging moon looks incredibly large when hovering near trees, buildings and other foreground objects. The fact that the moon will be much closer than usual this weekend will only serve to amplify this strange effect.

So … a perigee moon, either rising in the east at sunset or dropping down in the west at sunrise might seem to make the moon appear so close that it almost appears that you could touch it.
The views and comments expressed on this post may be mere speculation and are not necessarily the opinions, values, or beliefs of Alan Wheeler.
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If you go looking for the moon, find out when it rises in your area and watch it come into view. It appears hugest when it is very low on the horizon.

Thanks for the reminder.

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Mooning.
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Could it cause catastrophic events by moving the earth plates as it comes closer?
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No Tommy, but it will be close enough for you to see the green cheese wholes in the surface.
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On 2011-03-18 20:15, Al Angello wrote:
. . . it will be close enough for you to see the green cheese wholes in the surface.

?

;)
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On 2011-03-18 19:46, critter wrote:
Mooning.


That took me a second. At first I thought, "Those dudes are wearing identically worn underwear."

Then, I came to my senses and wondered why the hell I was even looking.
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