Which side of the Earth does the moon appear the biggest?
December 8, 2011 6:55pm CST
Hey mylotters! o.o Long time no hear! I've came back with a question... Which side of the Earth does the moon appear the biggest? In some places... The moon appears to be different sizes for obvious reasons. I want to be able to visit a place where the moon appears to be this big! http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/4/2011/11/b355acbfbeff39ff0fcfa0089840eb6b.jpg I really want to go to a place where the moon is huge for romantic purposes just so I can be amazed with the beauty of my surroundings and whatnot.
• Cambridge, England
9 Dec 11
The moon does vary in size slightly, depending on how close to the Earth it is. The difference is not actually very much but it does happen to be true that the full moon on Dec 10th is a "big moon". The moon does NOT vary in size depending on where on Earth you are. The Earth rotates on its axis and, no matter where you are, there is no more than about 2000 miles difference between the moon and any point directly below it on the Earth. What does make a different to the APPARENT size of the moon is how close it is to the horizon. This is purely a trick of our eyes (and it can be proved by measuring the diameter of the moon when it is rising and again when it is high in the sky). It seems that, when we see the moon close to familiar objects, such as trees at a distance, it appears larger because our eyes trick us into thinking that the trees are larger than they really are. The photo in your link is one which was taken with a very long lens and the cacti in the photo are actually quite far from the camera and so the moon looks huge in relation to them. It's a very impressive photo but it's not actually what the eye sees at all.
• United States
9 Dec 11
Unfortunately, there is not one particular side of the Earth that the moon appears largest on. The moon only appears to be bigger in size when actually it remains the same size. The best solution is to bring out a telescope on the night of a full moon and gaze at the beautiful surroundings that way. Trust me, it's well worth it.