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.


  1. I remember when I was a kid, I was playing with my friends on the street just after sunset. I was surprised by how HUGE the moon suddenly was as it rose up into the sky! I just stared at it in awe!

    It was only later on that I'd learn about the solstice and the moon illusion. :)

  2. I clicked on the photo to see an enlargement. I loved the light reflecting on the columns.

  3. That picture is awesome! I was recently in Greece and it reminded me how gorgeous the sunsets really are. The sun gets really big and the moon is really big. It really looks like that picture without trick photography! What miracles and beauty of this world!