Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Tomorrow's full moon is called the solstice moon.
When the full moon rises on the horizon it always looks big but this one will look 'really' big. This is because the moon hugs the horizon longer than at other times of the year. The sun seems higher in the sky and the moon seems lower. Everything is ok. It's summer. The moon isn't actually any larger, nor is it magnified. It's just an optical illusion having to do with our puny brains being unable to distinguish distances under certain conditions. NASA has the whole thing worked out here.
Remember, the Solstice is coming June 20-21 this year, depending on where you're living. (20th in the USA).