Moon Illusions

By Michael Myers

The Man in the Moon, the Lady in the Moon and More

There are quite a few images that one can see when looking at the full moon depending on the season, the viewers location and the time of night.

These images are only visible to the naked eye, as any magnification through telescope or binocular destroys the illusion.

The Man in the Moon The Man in the Moon The Man in the Moon
The Man in the Moon The Man in the Moon Here's the Man in the Moon
as viewed from the Southern Hemisphere.
See why
The Moon is different below the Equator .
The Lady Reading a Book The Lady Reading a Book The Lady Reading a Book
The Beetle The Beetle The Beetle
The Rabbit The Rabbit The Rabbit
St. George St. George St. George Slaying the Dragon
This image is visible in the southern hemisphere,
where the moon appears "upside down"
(Thank you, Cynthia)
For an explanation see,
The Moon Below the Equator

There are dozens of other figures that some can see including the Madonna and Child, the Crab and the Donkey.

Thanks to A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets by Donald H. Menzel, H.M. Co, 1979, p. 250-251 for much of the information presented here.

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