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Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
I've researched as best as I could, but the descriptions of the "optical illusion" moon just don't fit this specific scenario,
and never in any pictures of such an event have I found one to appear as large as what I saw that evening.
Originally posted by slimpickens93
I read somewhere that it appears to larger the closer to the horizon it sets from the perspective of the viewer.
Reason for this is because of Earth's atmosphere causes the illusion of magnifying the moon.
Originally posted by uberarcanist
Nobody knows for sure, but the prevailing theory seems to be that it's an optical illusion.
Why not? It was on the horizon, wasn't it? Our mind assumes objects directly overhead are closer than they are on the horizon............
Originally posted by MajorMalfunction
Don't they call that the "harvest moon?"
Originally posted by Lee_K
And for those who are talking about pictures they've taken recently. Isnt the moon its closest to us now as it has been for a long long time? I remember reading about this a few weeks before xmas.