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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