We all Fall for the Moon Illusion: Why our perceptions aren’t always what we perceive them to be

Notice how some nights the moon sits on the horizon and looks so much bigger? Well, it isn’t. No, the Moon isn’t perceptibly closer to earth (our eyes can’t notice such an incremental distance). Nor is the moon following us, as my 5-year-old believes. So what’s happening with the moon? Nothing. That’s what’s so amazing. The Moon Illusion is all about what’s happening inside us.

Consider this, our perceptions aren’t always what we perceive them to be. It’s much easier to saddle the blame on external occurrences rather than internal workings. And as for that enormous Moon?

This illusion of the Moon appearing larger on the horizon has been known since ancient times, but the best part about it is — we still have no idea why this happens.

But that’s ok. I’m cool with it.

 

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