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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

December 16, 2005

Breaking News About the Moon

Reading up on how the moon was so big and bright last night (turns out it's going to collide with the Earth this weekend, but they're keeping quiet about it, so as not to alarm the public), I came across this BBC Magazine story about why the moon was looking so big in June (first inklings that it was going to hit us).

Apparently, nobody can explain why the moon looks bigger when it's on the horizon than it does when it's high in the sky. I always thought it was some kind of fishbowl effect, caused by the atmosphere being thicker lower down. Obviously incorrect, and yet it's something I've taken for granted for about 30-something years.



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