If you’re an avid camper or outdoor enthusiast, you’ve probably noticed, while looking into the deep nighttime sky, that the moon looks tiny when surrounded by the blackness of space. Conversely, when you view the moon in the city, closer to buildings and landmarks, the moon looks much larger.
It turns out that this is merely an illusion. The moon is always the same size, it’s just our brain playing tricks on us, depending on our surroundings. The effect is called the Ebbinghaus Effect, and it’s a doozy. Watch an expert describe the effect in the video below:
What do you think?