Ivor O’Connor

December 13, 2008

Do Werewolves Increase By 15%, 30% Or?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 5:22 am

I’m not much of a stargazer so this is news to me. I suspect if I thought about it for a few moments I’d have figured it out. It’s one of those things that never made it out of my subconciousness though. I found the explanation on tides a bit perplexing.

It’s no illusion. Some full Moons are genuinely larger than others and this Friday’s is a whopper. Why? The Moon’s orbit is an ellipse with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other.

The best time to look is when the Moon is near the horizon. That is when illusion mixes with reality to produce a truly stunning view. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects. On Friday, why not let the “Moon illusion” amplify a full Moon that’s extra-big to begin with? The swollen orb rising in the east at sunset may seem so nearby, you can almost reach out and touch it.

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