Supermoon? Try Supersky

supermoon
Photo by likespinningplates, via Creative Commons license

 

If the moon appears so big near the horizon, why does the moon seem so small up in the sky? Answer: the sky. We take our sky for granted, but it’s actually really huge. All that space around the moon makes it appear small, only because it’s surrounded by this immensely vast sky.

Context is very important.

I’m sure most of us know the super-moon only looks bigger because it’s closer to the horizon. The context of things on earth around the moon, make it seem bigger. But those things on earth are really quite small. A horizon line with buildings may seem big to us, those buildings are really quite small. When you fly over earth, those buildings are like ants.

If you see a moon next to these ant-sized buildings, of course the moon is going to appear big.

When see the moon in the middle of a hugely vast sky, it will appear small. Our sky is really REALLY big. We just take for granted how vast our sky is.

Enjoyed this blog post?

Join the creatives who receive thoughtful Spudart blog posts via the email newsletter

guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

1 Comment
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x