Zoom The Moon

I was finally getting ready to leave the office tonight when I saw the full, Full, FULL moon rising over the hills to the east.

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The eye plays tricks, making it look spectacular, because the brain filters out the five-story building outside of your sixth-floor window.

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All your brain focuses on is the humongous, white, perfect circle on the horizon.

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The horizon illusion works like a charm on the brain, but the camera only starts to see…

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…the spectacular when the picture zooms in…

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…to more accurately portray what the brain perceives. Except, of course, for the top of that five-story building.

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From a different perspective, on the second floor of the garage parking lot five minutes later, the full moon is still hovering right on top of that hill.

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It looks all the bigger with nothing but the trees and houses in the distance, enhancing the illusion. To the eye, all the lunar features seemed to be etched they’re so clearly seen.

I guess some days it does pay to stay late at the office!

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One response to “Zoom The Moon

  1. And I think they said this was about the furthest away it gets, so a small moon – it didnt look it,to me!

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