Full Moon Rising Over Evia Island, Greece

August 27, 2018

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Photographer: Dimitris Malliaris
Summary Authors: Dimitris Malliaris; Jim Foster

Shown above is the full Moon rising over a ridge-line on Mount Olympus (Euboea), on Evia (Euboea) Island, Greece. This shot was taken from the village of Pissonas, just after sunset on May 29, 2018. Evia is the second largest Greek island in area and population, after Crete.

Though the Moon is the same angular size as it rises as it is when it's overhead, the full Moon looks huge when it's on or just above the horizon as a result of a well known but often debated optical illusion. This Moon illusion is related to the way we perceive the sky to be a finite distance from us and the way our brains judge distance. Take a look at the full Moon as it rises tomorrow night. It's the most distant full Moon of 2018. Nonetheless, it'll loom large when it breaks the horizon.

Photo Details: Pentax K-3 II camera; Pentax HD DA 55-300mm, F4.5-6.3, ED PLM, WR, RE lens; 300 mm focal length; ƒ/10 aperture; 1/25 sec. exposure time; ISO 400; Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows).