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Moon illusion in early evening by Lonerider

Moon illusion  in early evening

Moon illusion appears when the rising or setting moon appears larger than when it's high in the sky. The moon illusion has been noted for hundreds of years. Is it caused by a magnifying effect from the Earth's atmosphere or is the moon actually closer when it's rising or setting?

Turns out it's neither. Photographs taken of a rising moon and a moon high overhead on the same evening reveal identical size moon images.

Still, the rising moon appears much larger than the overhead moon. What's up?

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Nibiru - The 12th Planet by Arthur Sigurssen

Nibiru Symbol

In the 1980's astronomers were searching for a 10th planet in our solar system, one that explained the perturbations of our outer planets, Uranus and Neptune. (Check out the news items ). The planet was discovered, but since then we have heard nothing more about Planet X. Why has the discovery not been publicised since then?

A book called The 12th Planet written in 1976 by Zechariah Sitchin tells of the ancient Sumerian legends of a planet with a comet-like orbit that came into our area of the solar system every 3600 years. The inhabitants of…

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Pyramids In Greece by Fotopoulou Sophia

Pyramid at Hellinikon

Greece has more than sixteen pyramids spread all over. The oldest is the pyramid at Hellinikon, in the Argolid region. In fact, this pyramid is even older than the Pyramids of Egypt.

Pyramids, in Greece are usually smaller than the ones found in Egypt (some are sculpted pyramids) and they are in a rather poor state.

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Sahara the biggest Desert by Mark Bond

Sahara

Sahara is with a size of 9 million km?, the world's largest desert. Its maximum length is 5,000 km, running from west to east. Sahara is covering Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger and Mali.

1,5 million people live in Sahara, most of these in Mauritania, Morocco and Algeria. Dominant groups of people are Sahrawis, Tuareg and Negroids. The largest city is Nouakchott, Mauritania's capital. Other important cities are Tamanrasset, Algeria and Ghat, Libya.

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