So how many of you went you last night to check out the “Super Moon”? Did it look bigger to you? The last last time it was this close was in March of 1993, eighteen years ago.
After witnessing many moonrises, this one was spectacular! So why was is so good last night, as compared to others?
When the perigee moon lies close to the horizon, it can appear absolutely enormous. That is when the famous “moon illusion” combines with reality to produce a truly amazing lunar view.
For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, a low-hanging moon looks incredibly large when hovering near trees, buildings and other foreground objects. The fact that the moon will be much closer than usual this weekend will only serve to amplify this strange effect.
So a moon, either rising in the east at sunset, or dropping down in the west at sunrise, might seem to make the moon appear so close that it almost appears that you could reach out and touch it.
Here are some images from last night, taken in Franklin, Connecticut as the colorful “Super Moon” rose above the horizon.