This is an edited, single-shot (not time-lapse) video of the moon rising over Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand two days ago. It was filmed by Australian Astrophotographer Mark Gee, who was sweet enough to share it with NASA, who was awesome enough to post it as their Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD).
Moonrises happen about every 25 hours--the moon's orbit around the Earth delays its rise by about 50 minutes each day--which means that it comes up after sunset about half the time. All you need is a horizon to watch it on.
Where or where on the Earth can the moon be seen as big as this?
Yea, the article says it did some editing, but this is more than a slice and dice of video.
It's never that big. Ever.
Look up the moon illusion. It's all in our heads. This video has to be super edited.
Either it's super edited or the guy zoomed in several times. The people could be a lot farther away than they appear to be. Also, observe how the moon is a slight reddish color, indicating a lunar eclipse (or maybe Beijing-like levels of pollution). There could possibly be another special lunar event occurring that caused this moon to appear larger than usual.
I checked the source of the video at APOD and they said that the camera was placed 2 kilometres away from the Mount Victoria Lookout, meaning that the camera zoom was used extensively. Hence, the massive moon.
That's not the only reason why the moon looks super big.
Chez is right about the moon Illusion, it's just the way our brain perceives things.
Probably a super moon event when there is a full moon with the moon being the closest to Earth.
I suppose it could be real, if I am watching the moon with my beer goggles on, lol.
Edited?? Have any of you lumps ever heard of a telephoto lens? Yeeesh!
Yes telephoto lens to make things appear closer, bigger and in more detail;
plus magically keep the people "small"?
The people and the Moon were taken with the same power: 500mm tele photo + 2X extender = 1000 mm telephoto lens.
In astronomy and phography the bodies are measured in angular size (degrees, arc-minutes, arc-seconds...)
The mean angular size of the moon is about 30 arc-minute or 0.5 degrees. (read in astronomy book)
An average people has 1.8 meter in height
The distance between camera and people was 2100 meters
The angular size for this people at this distance is about 3 arc-minutes ( h = arctang(1.8/2100) )
The scale factor between the moon and people is 10:1 (30 arc-minute : 3 arc-minute), exactly as you see in the video
Conclusion: this video is real and Mark is a skillful photographer and astronomer.
Frankly, who cares. It took imagination to capture an E.T. moment. I love it! It makes me dream of the time when everyone will understand we're the same enjoying the same home, under the same moon facing the same challenges differently.