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Flying circus of physics

Chapter 7:

Armadillos Dancing Against A Swollen Moon

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  • 7.1 Enlarging the moon
  • 7.2 Shape of the sky
  • 7.3 Decapitation with the blind spot       update April 2007
  • 7.4 Gray networks in the morning, dashing specks in the daylight
  • 7.5 Floaters and other spots in your eye
  • 7.6 Streetlight halos
  • 7.7 Phosphenes --- psychedelic displays
  • 7.8 Humming becomes a stroboscope     update April 2007
  • 7.9 Keeping your eye on the baseball   update Dec 2008
  • 7.10 Impressionism
  • 7.11 Pointillism
  • 7.12 Moiré patterns
  • 7.13 Op art    update Jul 2008
  • 7.14 Depth in oil paintings
  • 7.15 Reading in the dark    update Sep 2009
  • 7.16 Trailing ghost light
  • 7.17 Reflecting eyes
  • 7.18 Underwater vision of humans, penguins, and crocodiles
  • 7.19 Underwater vision of "four-eyed fish"
  • 7.20 Cheshire cat effect
  • 7.21 Rhino-optical effect
  • 7.22 Flying clouds and Blue Meanies
  • 7.23 Pulfrich illusion
  • 7.24 Streetlight delay sequence
  • 7.25 Mach bands
  • 7.26 Upside down world
  • 7.27 Inverted shadows, and the blister effect
  • 7.28 Peculiar reflection from a Christmas tree ball   update Dec 2007
  • 7.29 Random dot moiré patterns
  • 7.30 Patterns in television "snow"
  • 7.31 Mona Lisa’s smile
  • 7.32 Floating, ghostly images of a television screen
  • 7.33 Reading through pinholes
  • 7.34 Finger colors
  • 7.35 Stars seen through a shaft during the daytime
  • 7.36 Stargazer's eye sweep
  • 7.37 Resolution of earth objects by astronauts
  • 7.38 Honeybees, desert ants and polarized light
  • 7.39 Haidinger's brush
  • 7.40 Colors of shadows
  • 7.41 Safety of sunglasses
  • 7.42 Spherical fish lens
  • 7.43 Depth in red and blue signs
  • 7.44 Purkinje's blue arcs
  • 7.45 Maxwell's spot
  • 7.46 Visual sensations from radiation update Sep 2006 July 2010
  • 7.47 Red light for control boards
  • 7.48 Superman's x-ray vision
  • 7.49 Fireworks illusion    update June 2007
  • 7.50 Looking at the ceiling
  • 7.51 Mineral eyes  new Sep 2011
  • 7.52 Pub trick --- converting a small beer into a large beer   new  Nov 11
  • 7.53 Why is the Moon white?   new  Dec 11
  • 7.54 Bees and Van Gogh's Sunflowers   new Jun 12
  • 7.55 Pub trick -- putting a hole through your hand     new May 2013
  • 7.56 Can you hide your shadow    new Aug 2013
  • Chapter 1Slipping Between Falling Drops(MOTION)
  • Chapter 2Racing On The Ceiling, Swimming Through Syrup(FLUIDS)
  • Chapter 3Hiding Under The Covers, Listening For The Monsters(SOUND)
  • Chapter 4Striking At The Heat In The Night(THERMAL PROCESS)
  • Chapter 5Ducking First A Flash And Then A Roar (ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM)
  • Chapter 6Splashing Colors Everywhere, Like A Rainbow(OPTICS)
  • Chapter 7Armadillos Dancing Against A Swollen Moon(VISION)
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