Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Moon illusion explained

Hello World!
I thought I'd finally share what makes the moon so pretty and big on the horizon but so normal overhead. 
We know the moon is not changing size as it travels, so why the difference? 
It is our eyes! And our brain. Most people can relate to pain as an external stimulus felt internally and subject to interpretation. Vision is the same! We have physical stimuli that is translated by our brain into the world we see- what we see is an interpretation of physical stimuli. This translation comes with rules learned over time for most, which can lead the brain to see things not as they are but as it believes it to be, which can be incorrect, as in the moon, but beautiful. For a more STEM specific explanation, check out the links below!

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