Moon Gets Bigger on the Horizon


Why the Moon Gets
Bigger on the Horizon

Within the boundaries of the earth's atmosphere, objects straight overhead are actually closer than those same objects off towards the horizon. A redwing blackbird perched on a lamppost over your head is much closer than a redwing blackbird on a lamppost on a distant hill. A blowzy cloud or a helicopter hovering up above you is closer than a dappled cloud or tiny helicopter far away. A treetop in a canopy high over your head is still closer than a treetop miles away. As they retreat toward the horizon, all those things get smaller — except for the moon, which stays the same size, becoming immensely magnified by the magic of your own mind.



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