According to my neighbour, the moon will appear larger in the sky at some point next week (I'm in England) than it's ever done before....he called it a "Super Moon" and says the authorities haven't publicised it as there'll be a spike in panic attacks, calls to the emergency services etc.
a). Surely the authorities would tell everyone what's coming so they DON'T panic
b). How big (in relation to the usual) are these "Super Moons"?
c). Is he just winding me up?
The actual size doesn't change. The apparent size may, in relation to other objects along the horizon, but the actual size doesn't change. If you measure the diameter with something other than your eye (ie. use an instrument), when the moon appears large or small, you'll see that it's actually the same.
You can do this easily with a camera; take a picture when it appears large or small, then take another picture from the same spot, same magnification, when it appears the opposite and compare the diameter of just the moon in each shot. It'll be the same.
It's a trick of the eye.
Regarding the Super Moon itself, I, for one do not see how it is possible (unless the earth's atmosphere acts as a giant lens or something, which I highly doubt).
The theory that it is a "trick of the eye" does make sense, but again, why is it a trick of the eye? Even if the moon does appear larger, does it appear larger marginally or noticeably?
Nevertheless, I am no expert.
Well ocean tides and other phenomena are related to the proximity or phases of the moon, it would be interesting to notice any changes due to this.
I was looking at the sky yesterday night.. and at 7ish the moon was actually huge and honey-ish. well pretty above London..
later in the night though, when I looked again, it was normal sized, very white and bright though.
I always love looking at our sky... and it was pretty last night... although, I was expecting something more impressive... oh well...
I work in Leeds, and at 6pm the sun was stunning....very large, and behind a veil of cloud so you could look at it....that looked like the moon normally does then, are you sure it wasn't the sun you were looking at?
too bad...i missed it.....