Sunday, June 02, 2013

Lunatic idea of the day


An article in yesterday's Times says that our perceptions of the size of the moon are dominated by the "Moon illusion", a quirk of psychology which makes the moon look larger when it is low in the sky. It claims that if you look at the moon standing on your head, its size will appear to be smaller. If you are inclined to try this experiment, a good evening for it would be 23 June when the full moon will be at its closest point to Earth.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Portinari said...

On Box Hill overlooking Dorking there is the burial spot of a'noted eccentric' of Dorking who is buried upside down. I have forgotten his name but in life he liked to view Dorking standing on his head on top of Box Hill. I think that he was of the 18th century. Someone please tell me his name. Could have been the inspiration for Old Father William.

11:54 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

How interesting, Portinari!

8:19 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I'll remember that!

4:39 pm  

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