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Apollo 13 - The Moon the Same Size as the Earth???
When Hanks is staring at the moon from his backyard, he holds his hand out in front of him, closes one eye, and 'covers' the full moon with his thumb.
later, when he's circling the moon + looking back at the earth, he does the same thing -- holds out his hand, at arm's length, and 'covers' the earth with his thumb.
This makes no sense.
The earth is the same distance from the moon as the moon is from the earth -- of course!
And the earth is waaaaaaay BIGGER than the moon.
So, if his thumb just covers the moon, then it certainly would NOT cover the earth! The earth would be waaaay bigger than his thumb.
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nomad762 writes:
I may be wrong (been a long while since seeing the movie) but I don't believe he held his thumb out at arm's length when "covering" the Earth. There isn't a whole lot of room inside the module, especially in the control area...probably not enough to hold his arm out full length. Having his thumb closer to his eye changes (increases) the size of the area covered at a given distance.
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