Does the Moon Change Sizes?

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?

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4 Responses to “Does the Moon Change Sizes?”

  1. c10
    October 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    very interesting its pretty cool, I guess.

  2. O.M.G
    October 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    O.M.G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. b.o.b.
    October 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    didn’t finish for me

    • Boys' Life
      October 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

      Hey b.o.b.,
      Sorry about that. It seems to be working now. Give it another shot.

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