I’ve loved outer space ever since I saw my first “Star Wars” movie on a suitcase-sized rental VCR. Growing up, I had the glow-in-the-dark star stickers on my bedroom ceiling and a replica of the Starship Enterprise on my dresser. On summer nights I’d sleep out on our trampoline and stare at the moon, hoping to somehow spot the U.S. flag our astronauts planted on its surface.
I’ve seen full moons that I could have sworn were bigger than others. This may be an illusion triggered when low-hanging moons are viewed against scalable visual cues in the foreground and on the horizon. High moons then, without those visual cues, should always be the same size, right? Actually, no. All mind tricks aside, it turns out that full moons do indeed differ in size.
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