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New video shows Moon setting behind volcano

By T.K. Randall
June 8, 2018 · Comment icon 7 comments

The scene is certainly breathtaking. Image Credit: YouTube / NASA / Daniel Lopez
This remarkable footage shows a seemingly enormous Moon disappearing rapidly beneath the horizon.
The otherworldly sequence shows a number of people on Mount Teide - a volcano in the Canary Islands - with the Moon filling almost the entire sky behind them as it sinks out of sight.

The video was featured as "NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day" on June 4th.

But is everything truly as it seems ?
The large appearance of the Moon in the footage is actually an optical illusion caused by the fact that it is very close to the horizon and the photographer is zooming in from a long distance away.

To the people on the mountain, who are actually watching the sunrise occurring behind the photographer, the Moon would have appeared to be its normal size.

The rapid movement of the Moon however is the real deal and the video hasn't been sped up. That said, its speed can be mostly attributed to the movement of the Earth, not the Moon itself.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (7)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 6 years ago
That's a cool illusion the photographer created.
Comment icon #2 Posted by and then 6 years ago
Seeing that reminded me (not sure why) of a scene from a really old Tom Hanks movie.  It was a ridiculous RomCom with Meg Ryan.  They're adrift at sea after the ship sank and he wakes up to see the moonrise.  I never forgot this scene.  It was a strangely poignant, evocative moment in an otherwise totally forgettable piece of fluff.  
Comment icon #3 Posted by Calibeliever 6 years ago
"Video Proof the Moon Is Colliding With The Earth - What NASA Doesn't Want You To Know!!" - Mashable 
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer 6 years ago
Cool clip.  Would have been cooler if the volcano had been smoking a little.  I know, not safe for the people, but still cool.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Seti42 6 years ago
Forced perspective is a wonderful thing. The telephoto lens used must have been huge, heavy, and expensive. Something like this attached to a pro DSLR that can shoot HD video would do it. A 2x telelconverter might be needed too. ANd obviously a very sturdy tripod. This link is cool, if you like crazy lenses that actually exist:  
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ozfactor 6 years ago
Wow ! Unreal 
Comment icon #7 Posted by toast 6 years ago
The device used wasn't a telephoto lens, it was a Takahashi TOA-150B OTA astro telescope (astronomer`s wet dream), price 13k.

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