How It's Done
‘The moon will be bigger this weekend’ expostulated our friend Janey in her characteristically enthusiastic way over dinner. Taking far too much after my father than I care to admit, I let slip the immortal words that on his lips drove me mad as a child: ‘I question that’. Having just spent the day writing about moonlight for this month’s Seeing the Light piece I proceeded to pontificate about the Moon Illusion, but I was talking rubbish, and Janey was right. The next day I saw the story on the BBC News website; at the coming weekend the moon would appear bigger in our skies. A supermoon was nigh; that occurrence when a full moon coincides with the stage of its elliptical orbit when it is nearest to Earth. The supermoon hangs in our skies 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when at its furthest extreme. The grey matter started turning; how could I take advantage of this relatively rare occurrence?
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