Why does the full moon look larger when it’s near the horizon than when it’s high up in the sky? For generations, astronomers, psychologists, brain researchers, and many others have hypothesized about this effect, and yet there still doesn’t seem to be a definitive answer.
In this TED Ed, Andrew Vanden Heuvel explains The Moon Illusion, and the theories behind our perception of our moon’s size in the sky.
Previously on this intriguing topic: The Moon Illusion with ASAP Science.
Inspired by literature, myth, and the creation of lore, director and animator Olivia Huynh tells this story, Borrowed Light, with great skill. Arae, a kid and the last patron of an abandoned observatory, is stealing lightbulbs from every socket in town. It’s an ambitious plan to eliminate light pollution and share a natural wonder that the entire city has been oblivious to.
Bonus from Huynh’s blog: juggling lightbulbs gifs.
There are more kids on adventures in the archives.