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Question about the moon (not a moontard question!)

 
Anonymous Coward
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11/10/2012 07:51 AM
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Question about the moon (not a moontard question!)
Was out early this morning, and I noticed an interesting effect around the crescent moon. It's one of those days where the non-crescent part is still slightly visible. What I noticed was that the crescent part seems to "bulge" from the rest of it, making an imperfect circle when seen as a whole. What causes this? Is this just simple light dispersion because of the distance, or an atmospheric effect perhaps? I never really noticed before, but I now live at high altitude in the country rather than the city :)

Much appreciated in advance!
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11/10/2012 08:19 AM
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Re: Question about the moon (not a moontard question!)
Was out early this morning, and I noticed an interesting effect around the crescent moon. It's one of those days where the non-crescent part is still slightly visible. What I noticed was that the crescent part seems to "bulge" from the rest of it, making an imperfect circle when seen as a whole. What causes this? Is this just simple light dispersion because of the distance, or an atmospheric effect perhaps? I never really noticed before, but I now live at high altitude in the country rather than the city :)

Much appreciated in advance!
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It sounds like an atmospheric effect amplified because of the difference in brightness. Hard to say for sure without seeing it.
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Re: Question about the moon (not a moontard question!)
Was out early this morning, and I noticed an interesting effect around the crescent moon. It's one of those days where the non-crescent part is still slightly visible. What I noticed was that the crescent part seems to "bulge" from the rest of it, making an imperfect circle when seen as a whole. What causes this? Is this just simple light dispersion because of the distance, or an atmospheric effect perhaps? I never really noticed before, but I now live at high altitude in the country rather than the city :)

Much appreciated in advance!
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It sounds like an atmospheric effect amplified because of the difference in brightness. Hard to say for sure without seeing it.
 Quoting: Weasel_Turbine


Thanks WT. That's kind of how I am leaning as well. It surprised me because all the places I lived before, you really couldn't see anything besides the crescent!
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11/10/2012 08:36 AM

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Re: Question about the moon (not a moontard question!)
Was out early this morning, and I noticed an interesting effect around the crescent moon. It's one of those days where the non-crescent part is still slightly visible. What I noticed was that the crescent part seems to "bulge" from the rest of it, making an imperfect circle when seen as a whole. What causes this? Is this just simple light dispersion because of the distance, or an atmospheric effect perhaps? I never really noticed before, but I now live at high altitude in the country rather than the city :)

Much appreciated in advance!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 26298928

When you take a photo of the Moon with the proper exposure time, you get an image with a sharp edge and lot of details.
When you take the same photo but overexpose it heavily, you just get a white circle with a blurry edge and no details. In addition the white circle is bigger than the Moon in the other photo.

Same applies to the eye: Against the dark sky the bright crescent is "overexposed" and blooming into the sky.
When you look at it with sunglasse this effect will disappear.

You can see the dark part of the Moon because of the socalled "Earthshine" [link to en.wikipedia.org]


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If the Moon is off, if Earth wobbles or if there is a pole shift
how can things like this, predicted decades ago, happen?

aseindia
Annular Solar Eclipse - January 15, 2010 - Rameshwaram, India

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