Tuesday, June 17, 2008

GIANT Moon!!!!

No, the moon is not ready to explode after a giant Thanksgiving feast, nor is it ready to crash into Earth. The giant moon you are witnessing this week at moonrise is called the 'solstice moon illusion.'

What is happening is your eyes are playing tricks on you! Scientists are not a 100% sure why and there are several theory's as to why it happens. The neat thing is that while the moon looks huge to you, it is actually a 'normal' size if you look at it through a camera lens.

The 'giant moon' is more apparent this time of year because when the sun is at its highest, the moon is at its lowest. With summer starting Saturday, that is the highest sun of the year and thus the lowest moon.

Although it was originally thought that the moon was being magnified by the atmosphere, we now know this not to be true because images of the moon on film are the same size regardless of elevation.

You can read more about this optical phenomenon and the theories as to why it happens by clicking here.

Also, here are the moonrise times for the days ahead.

Moonrise 6/17: 8:25 p.m.

Moonrise 6/18: 9:16 p.m.

Moonrise 6/19: 10:01 p.m.

Happy viewing...


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