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The Dark Side of the Moon

In Pictures on January 24, 2006 by Cody McComas

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This is an actual picture of the “dark side” of the moon. Eat your heart out Pink Floyd (what does that expression even mean?)
Photograph courtesy NASA

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8 Responses to “The Dark Side of the Moon”

  1. All that you touch
    All that you see
    All that you taste
    All you feel.
    All that you love
    All that you hate
    All you distrust
    All you save.
    All that you give
    All that you deal
    All that you buy,
    beg, borrow or steal.
    All you create
    All you destroy
    All that you do
    All that you say.
    All that you eat
    And everyone you meet
    All that you slight
    And everyone you fight.
    All that is now
    All that is gone
    All that’s to come
    and everything under the sun is in tune
    but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.

    “There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark.”

  2. Heart can be defined as the central, core, or inner most part of an object (or person). To eat the heart out is to remove the core or most important part, a part that will surely be missed.
    The phrase is probably a shortened way of saying “This will eat your heart out”.

    Alternatively,

    Adapted from the 16th century “eat one’s own heart”, meaning to suffer from silent grief or vexation. It also has roots in the Biblical phrase, “to eat one’s own flesh”, used to describe an indolent person.

  3. Thank you Nate.

  4. i know what I am about to say might sound stupid but what does indolent mean? I am just too tired to go and look myself. :)And here is also maybe another stupid question- Why does the moon look bigger at times compared to other times?

  5. ironically….
    in·do·lent (adj.)
    1. Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy.
    2. Conducive to inactivity or laziness; lethargic:
    3. Causing little or no pain: an indolent tumor.
    4. Slow to heal, grow, or develop; inactive: an indolent ulcer.

    The moon looks bigger because sometimes it is closer….. not really. the moon looking bigger is an illusion… a trick. See, we as humans understand the sky as a dimensional plane. Things that are farther away on this plane are usually at the horizons. i.e the clouds that are right above you are closer than the ones that are near the horizon. The moon appears to occur on this dimensional plane… but it really isn’t (it is BEYOND!). When we see the moon on the horizon our brain sees that it is the same size as when it is directly over head. Since our brain tells us it is actually farther away AND it takes up the same space the moon appears bigger.

  6. The reason is an optical illusion called the Ponzo Illusion. The illusion is named after Mario Ponzo who first demonstrated it in 1913. The Ponzo Illusion shows that sometimes our mind determines the size of an object based on the background behind it.The moon, of course, is beyond the sky and so far away that, unlike clouds, planes and birds, it does not really change size based on being overhead or near the horizon. Still, our minds tend to think of the moon as a flattened disc stuck on the dome of the sky. That’s how the Ponzo effect comes into play. Our mind will reach the conclusion that because the moon is near the horizon it must be far away, but since its size doesn’t seem to decrease, it must be much larger than it is when it is overhead (when we think of it as being closer), and we see it that way.

  7. Which is the same thing that Nate said, but put in a differnt way.

  8. Both were very helpful! Cool how that works. Thankyou guys for answering some “pressing issues” I have had on my mind for some time now- the moon… and indolent! 🙂 I feel less lazy now. Ha

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