Friday, May 31, 2013

The Super Moon Will Make Us Extra Crazy

Super Moon
— June 23, 2013

Be sure to look out for the Moon these next few months as it approaches Perigee, because the full moons during these times will appear exceptionally large. The Moon will be at its Perigee, or closest approach, in June 23 and it will reach full moon only a few minutes after it passes this point in its orbit.

These ‘super moons’ not only appear larger because they are physically closer but, combined with a full moon, the mind can play tricks on you to think they are much larger. This phenomena is called the Moon Illusion. Try to catch these full moons as they rise/set because the illusion works when there is an object in the foreground, like a tree, building or mountains.


M. D. Jackson said...

Yes, it's a supermoon. Yes it APPEARS larger and closer than usual, but honestly, you cannot feel the difference in its pull on the Earth. And if you stand out on your lawn at night, jumping up and down to see if it feels easier to do with the help of the extra gravitational pull of the Super Moon you will just look like an idiot.

Trust me. I know.

Kal said...

I am feeling my beard growing faster than usual.