Man slacklines across full moon in ‘unbelievable’ footage

A daredevil in Spain slacklined across a full moon one night in Basque. 

Philippe Soubies is a member of the group Slackline Pays Basque. Slacklining looks like tightrope walking at first glance, but instead of rope athletes balance on netted webbing. Like many slackliners, Soubies doesn’t wear protective gear.

Slackline Pays Basque spent a day of research to figure out if capturing the stunning shot was possible. When they realized it was within reach, they seized the opportunity. 

Soubies and the group installed the slacklining equipment between two cliffs so that it was positioned in front of the full moon. The footage was captured by outdoor photographer Thomas Meurot and it was stunning. 

The slackliner walked across the elevated netting. But before he was even halfway across the line, his silhouette was captured traversing in front of the massive moon that appeared several times bigger than him. The incredible scene looked almost like an illustration from a storybook. 

“It was unbelievable, exciting, beautiful. All this happened thanks to the team we had, that could make it possible,” Meurot told Newsflare. 

In case you’re wondering why the moon appears so big sometimes, it’s actually an optical illusion. When the moon is closer to the horizon it appears much closer which changes how our brain perceives it. 

“Because the moon is changing its apparent position in depth while the light stimulus remains constant,” Scientific American stated. “The brain’s size-distance mechanism changes its perceived size and makes the moon appear very large.” 

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