That's the common explanation called the Ponzo effect or illusion.DaveC426913 said:Yes, the "large Moon" is a myth. The Moon's size does not change appreciably at any time (though it does change a small amount due to its elliptical orbit, you'd have to be pretty perceptive to notice). The large moon is indeed an optical delusion, caused by the brain's interpretation of objects when it has a reference to compare them to - such as objects on the horizon.
From my window I can see the moon and it's abnormaly large and it's orange. Very cool.Ivan Seeking said:Tonight and tomorrow night will be the best.
Everyone here at PF should go out and howl at the moon at midnight.
Well, okay, Danger can anyway.
Ok, no. I've never seen anything nearly that big! But it sounds pretty special.mahoneko said:Right now, the moon is particular big as it close to the earth, but the moon I saw was not twice as big, it covered my whole field of vision in one direction - it was 20+ times bigger - probably a mirage effect.
I think we are all getting confused between two different phenomena here.