Harvest moon 2018: scary big and so familiar
Author: Paul Cote
poster science news United States nature
Early next week the inhabitants of our planet will be able to enjoy the beautiful phenomenon called the harvest moon. During this period, the heavenly body is in the phase of the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. Usually it hangs low on the horizon and becomes unforgettable shades: dark-yellow, orange and in some cases even red.
Many people think that in these days the shining light is approaching the earth, which becomes much more visual. However, scientists note: the increased size is just a deception that is called illusion, Ponzo. The principle of this phenomenon is not fully understood. We only know that it is a trick of the brain that is known to mankind for many centuries.
Many people think that in these days the shining light is approaching the earth, which becomes much more visual. Photo: youtube
Moreover, this illusion is characteristic of only the adult part of people. Children under 7 years of age, in the period of Harvest moon do not see anything unusual. For them the heavenly body looks the same as always. According to scientists, this difference in the visual perception of the situation caused by “purity of thought”. The idea is that the child at this age is in a relatively confined space. He does not know the value of many things and the scale of the world around us.
In ancient times, farmers used the Harvest moon to work in the fields. Due to the smooth transition of a Sunny day in the moonlight, they could longer engage in agriculture. This is especially important due to the suitable time for harvest. Hence, in fact, the name of this phenomenon.
This year’s Harvest moon can be seen on 24-25 September starting from 11 PM. Scientists believe that in 2018, people are waiting for a beautiful illusion, which is certainly worth paying attention to.
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