Friday, June 27, 2008

Solstice Moon

Found this photo via the Astronomy Picture of the Day. It was taken by Anthony Ayiomamitis, an astrophotographer. I though I'd post it here because it's just...breathtaking.

NASA calls the extra-large moon the effect of an optical illusion.

In this well-planned single exposure, a telescopic lens makes the Moon loom large, but even without optical aid casual skygazers often find the Full Moon looking astonishingly large when seen near the horizon. That powerful visual effect is known as the Moon Illusion.

More on the Moon Illusion here.