Does one’s imagination or scientific optical formulation portray the moon as larger than life? The Harvest Moon as you probably know is the full moon at or around the time of the autumnal equinox. It was given that title because it seems so bright that crops could be harvested well into the night. However all full moons seem larger at the horizon because the atmosphere is actually thicker at that location from our vantage point, so the atmosphere behaves sort of like a magnifying glass. I know this because I have done experiments using a fixed telephoto lens on a digital camera taking photos, as the moon rises from the horizon and then again on the same night when the moon is straight up. As I overlaid the straight up photo over the horizon photo (in Photoshop), the horizon photo was about five percent larger. Surrealism.
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