Everyone has seen the moon before – but not many people have seen it the way that Wylie Overstreet has.
In an awe-inspiring video that was chosen as a “Staff Pick” on Vimeo back in March 2018, Overstreet takes his $1,000 telescope out onto the streets of Los Angeles.
When passerby inevitably become curious over his bulky metal instrument sitting on the sidewalk, he tells them it’s a telescope and asks them if they would like to use it to see the moon.
With filmmaker Alex Gorosh on hand to record their reactions, dozens of people all take turns peering through the telescope to get a glimpse of the moon like they’ve never seen it before.
Some people were brought to tears; others simply gasped in surprise – but every single one of them was moved by the incredible view.
“It’s incredible!” exclaimed one of the pedestrians. “I feel like I just landed on the moon!”
The video, which is appropriately overlapped with the soothing sounds of Claude Debussy’s “Clair De Lune”, is a compilation of people’s reactions from ten different nights over the course of one year.
Overstreet describes the experience in the video by saying: “To be able to see it up close, and feel like you can almost reach out and touch it – that’s what makes it real to us. It makes you realize that we’re all on this small little planet and we all have the same reaction to the universe we live in. I think there’s something special about that. Something unifying. It’s a great reminder that we should look up more often.”