Feb 23, 2011

Lunatic Fringe

I shot this photo of an ominously over-sized, honey-hued moon over the Whitestone Bridge last night. It was late and freezing outside; I took it through the glass door, all the way zoomed in, on a simple point-n-shoot camera. The quality ain't great, but you get the idea.

This scene got me thinking about the "moon illusion" theory -- something I hadn't thought about since a school trip to the planetarium a good 20ish years ago.

And by "thinking," I mean "Googling."

It seems (mostly) everyone agrees that it is an illusion, though Wikipedia maintains that the nature of the illusion is still up for debate.

So I went to The Straight Dope -- where I always go for this kind of shit. No debate there. Anyway...enjoy.

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