Monthly Archives: January 2013

A full moon rising, gloriously

Yes, we’ve been there. But sometimes it’s enough to take your breath away just to see it from afar:

Astrophotographer Mark Gee explains:

Full Moon Silhouettes is a real time video of the moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. People had gathered up there this night to get the best view possible of the moon rising. I captured the video from 2.1km away on the other side of the city. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to photograph for a long time now, and a lot of planning and failed attempts had taken place. Finally, during moon rise on the 28th January 2013, everything fell into place and I got my footage.

NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day emphasizes that the moonrise was filmed in real time, not as a time-lapse. And io9 offers an explanation of the “enormous moon” illusion here. (Update: Phil Plait says it’s not the moon illusion, but simply an effect of the magnification of the lens.)

Sometimes, to be blown away by the sheer astonishing richness of reality, all you have to do is look up.

(h/t io9)

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The moon landing and “the fate of knowing”

S.G. Collins provides an excellent takedown of the “moon hoax” argument. Watch it through to the end: Collins not only dismantles this particular theory but shines a much-needed light on the difference between knowledge and belief, the nature of paranoia, and the utmost importance of distinguishing between imagined conspiracies and very real government shenanigans.

Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy offers lots more debunkery here and here.

(h/t Bob Cesca)

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“A new definition of manhood”

Colin Stokes of Citizen Schools gets it absolutely right:

(via TED)

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