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There's an interesting article about an optical illusion that has never been fully explained... is the moon really bigger when low in the horizon compared to when it is high in the sky?

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Mayby there closer.
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Actually, I don't know where this article gets it's info, but I'm almost sure its been proven that the moon looks bigger when it's rising because your eye compares it with the horizon, when it's in the sky, there's nothing to compare it to. actually, if you take a quarter when the moon is rising, and hold it up to your eye, and then move it away from your eye until it covers the moon, and measure the distance from your hand to your eye, then do the same thing when the moon is high in the sky, your hand will be the same distance from your eye as before. it's rather interesting how your eyes play tricks on you.
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Interesting to see this posted. I had never herad anyone talk about this before and just the other day proposed the question to some friends.
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Cool experiment: Hold your digital camera, video camera, or even picture cell phone towards the moon, and look to see if the lens is also fooled.....
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Moon illusion explained HERE
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