Saturday, June 21, 2008

views from the sea

Today's solstice marks the astronomical beginning of the northern hemisphere's summer.
Astronomer Anthony Ayiomamitis recorded this image of the solstice Full Moon rising above Cape Sounion, Greece. The twenty-four hundred year old Temple of Poseidon lies in the foreground. In this single exposure, a telescopic lens makes the Moon loom large, but even without optical aid casual skygazers often find the Full Moon looking astonishingly large when seen near the horizon; often referred to as a moon illusion.

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