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By the Light of the GINORMOUS Orange-red Moon


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Why does the moon sometimes appear to be so HUGE and reddish orange? :o

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Carotene-colored moon setting over Sebago Lake, Maine, on June 8th 

John Stetson photographer

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The orange color is imprinted by the atmosphere.

 

When the Moon is hanging low, airborne dust and other particles scatter blue from moonlight, leaving only red and orange hues. 

 

Something else happens when the Moon is hanging low: The Moon Illusion magnifies the apparent size of the orb.

It looks huge. Some commentators have pointed out that the June 9th Strawberry Moon is a "mini-Moon"

because it is located on the distant apogee side of the Moon's elliptical orbit.

 

Apogee is no match for the Moon Illusion, though.

Look for the Strawberry Moon rising in the east at sunset. 

It's a huge delight.

http://spaceweather.com/

 

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