Heavenly burden: Christ the Redeemer takes the Moon on his shoulders

Astrophotographer Yuri Beletsky has published a very spectacular image. On it, the world-famous statue of Christ the Redeemer appeared in the image of the titan Atlas from ancient Greek mythology.

Moonrise over the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Source: Yuri Beletsky

The picture was taken on May 23 at the time of the Flower Moon rising. The shooting point was located on Ikarai Beach north of Rio de Janeiro. Due to the correctly chosen angle, at some point the lunar disk appeared exactly above the statue of Christ the Redeemer, giving the impression that it held the moon of our planet on its shoulders.

The photo is also a visual demonstration of the so-called Moon illusion. Its essence lies in the fact that when the moon is low above the horizon, it looks several times larger than when it is high in the sky. But in reality this is not the case. The angular size of the Moon practically does not depend on its height above the horizon.

Strangely enough, scientists still do not have a generally accepted version explaining the causes of the illusion. Existing hypotheses, as a rule, associate it with the peculiarities of human vision and the processing of visual information by the brain.

Earlier we talked about the main astronomical events of June 2024.