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Solstice Moonrise Above Cape Sounion

By: Anthony Ayiomamitis

 

Region: Europe

Site: Cape Sounion - Greece

Date: 2008 June 18

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day summer solstice marks the northernmost point of the Sun's annual motion through planet Earth's sky and the astronomical beginning of the northern hemisphere's summer. But on 2008 June 18, only two days before the summer solstice, the Full Moon nearest the solstice rose close to the ecliptic plane opposite the Sun, near its southernmost point for the year. The TWAN photographer in Greece recorded this dramatic picture of the solstice Full Moon rising above Cape Sounion, Greece. The twenty-four hundred year old Temple of Poseidon lies in the foreground, also visible to sailors on the Aegean Sea. In this well-planned 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. That powerful visual effect is known as the Moon Illusion. Anthony Ayiomamitis/Perseus.gr.

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