I was so looking forward to this Meetup event! The Full Moon Illusion is a fun topic and a really easy observation. When I have had the opportunity in the past to do this for the general public it got a good response and it should be even better for the Meetup Reno Suburban Sky Explorers!
These are my educational aids I use to help explain the Moon Illusion. The chart on the right shows us both of the Illusions - Luna large on the horizon and Luna small when over head but it is the same size moon all the time!
John and Michelle joined me for this outing. They are some of my more active participants with this Meetup Group and they enjoy all this Suburban Sky stuff. Here is John and I with our plastic viewing tubes waiting for Luna to show from behind the cloud cover. The idea here is to view the rising full moon with both your "naked" eye and through the tube - one is normal the other large! The tube dispels the illusion and your naked eye sees a large moon! Michelle in her world travels has seen both the large and the overhead mini moon illusions!
Here is the view through the tube! Puts things into perspective.
Unfortunately we were clouded out :(
How should we deal with our disappointment? In & Out Burger is calling! We can chow on some really good burgers and share in our mutual love of the universe. Even with our activity being clouded out we can still do this Suburban Astronomy thing via the internet with John's Droid phone and SUG's outreach binder and table atlas. It was really nice to hang with Michelle & John sharing astronomy web sites, personal stories and getting to know one another with astronomy being the catalyst. This is what Meetup groups are all about.
Here's the Sidewalk Guy with his double stack, animal style, extra vege's burger!
Here we are doing some internet astronomy. When we left this Reno spot we spied Luna peaking through the clouds - all 7 seconds of it! But what a surreal 7 seconds it was!
Thanks Michelle and John for sharing in a fun evening out!