Supermoon: rising over a mountain in the Midlands

2013-06-24 00:00

Last night’s supermoon rises over a hill in the Midlands. A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to the Earth, called perigee and it appears to be about 12% bigger. As for the rising moon appearing to be twice the size of the moon when overhead, that is an optical illusion. It is uncertain why the brain tricks the eye in this way, but cameras are not fooled and if you measure the rising moon and later while it is overhead, you will see it remains the same size. (Photo taken using two exposures.)

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