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Why moon looks bigger when is rising or set

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#16    jenny101024


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Posted 11 September 2012 - 12:10 PM

It's true, the moon does look bigger when it's rising, but it's an optical illusion. The same with the Sun.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 05:43 AM


Wenning and others believe that the sky itself might be the answer. Humans perceive the sky as a flattened dome. The zenith seems nearby and the horizon far away. (Birds and airplanes reinforce this notion. Birds flying overhead are closer than birds on the horizon.) When the moon is low, we judge it to be far away. Something far away must be really big to span half-a-degree across the sky, so our brain inflates the moon accordingly.
From Render's link.

I've read the opposite explanation. The zenith seems farther away than the horizon, thus the moon appears larger at the horizon. I'm not convinced that anyone has the correct answer.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 04:10 PM

View PostStarMountainKid, on 12 September 2012 - 05:43 AM, said:

I'm not convinced that anyone has the correct answer.

This isnt first time that I agree with you.

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