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Message Subject The moon's crookedness is caused by our going toward the center of the galactic plane
Poster Handle Karlos
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Night before last, driving home I noticed the constellation Orion was huge,the stars where normal brightness but the space it occupied in the sky was at lest twice as big as normal.An atmospheric lens effect.
 Quoting: Natagee 8422550

Now that you mention it, it did seem rather bigger to me too, but I couldn't swear by it. The spacing in the belt seemed about right. However if our atmosphere changes, certainly our perception of how it looks will change, and there's ample evidence that our atmosphere has also changed in its density not to mention composition. Thanks for the thought in this direction.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25480060

Sorry to disappoint...
But I saw someone post a similar thing yesterday, and last night I checked the angular separation between a prominent star North of Orion's belt (Betelgeuse), and one diagonally opposite below the belt (Rigel) using the setting circles on one of my equatorial telescope mounts.

The figure I came up with was 18.6º - which agrees very closely with the figure given by 'Starry Night Pro' astronomical software.

In short - Orion appears exactly the same size it should be.

The only thing that changes, is the perception of people who don't regularly observe the sky.
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