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Is the moon sideways?

 
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Is the moon sideways?
Looking at the moon from the Tampa, FL area. I watch the moon just about every night. Over the last few nights it has looked nearly full and I know there was a full moon on Jan. 9 so it should now be in the waning gibbous phase. However I noticed a couple different things about the moon night. First, for the current time of this post, the moon is in a much different position in the night sky compared to previous nights. In previous nights the moon has traveled pretty much straight over my house but tonight it's path is shifted more to the east. Also, instead of darkening from the side as it does during the waning phase, it appears to be darkening from the top of the moon. Is this normal moon behavior or does it seem a little off to anyone else?
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01/11/2012 10:08 PM
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Moon's a helium balloon on a string here
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Wow man, that shit look all sideways. Its like weird.
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01/11/2012 10:20 PM
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it's just upside down. not to worry though, just stand on your head and everything will return to normal...
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01/11/2012 10:38 PM
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nope earth just moved a little according to my sources
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01/11/2012 10:43 PM
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Yes the moon is all wrong, expect 13 foot tides in Tampa.
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01/11/2012 10:52 PM
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Nothing wrong with the Moon. What you are seeing is called field rotation. It is an APPARENT (not real) rotation that happens to everything in the sky. It is because you are looking at it from a round rotating surface.

The Moon's shadow is still left to right. The North pole of the Moon still points to the North. YOU are the one that turned. It is an optical illusion known as field rotation. When the Moon (or anything else in the sky) rises you are looking East and it APPEARS rotated to the left. When high in the sky you are looking South and it is upright. When it sets you are looking West and it APPEARS rotated to the right.

How do we know it is not a real rotation? First, YOU turned. When the Moon is just past the highest point in the sky you can see it both ways. Look South and you see the shadow on the left, look West and up and you see the shadow on top. Magic! Second, when we see it setting and appears to be rotated to the right, somebody on the other side of the world sees it rising AT THE SAME TIME and sees it appearing to be rotated to the left!
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01/11/2012 11:41 PM
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Im in south western Canada and the moon definitly not in the spot it should be for this time of day compaired to yesterday.

And no , fukin field rotation is not making this occur.
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Yes the moon is all wrong, expect 13 foot tides in Tampa.
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wait till the 400ft'rs arrive...plan now for that
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01/12/2012 03:01 AM
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Re: Is the moon sideways?
As well as field rotation mentioned above, the OP doesn't seem to realise the moon takes a different path through the sky every night, and rises and sets at a different time every night.

Sometimes it even rises or sets during the day!!

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Im in south western Canada and the moon definitly not in the spot it should be for this time of day compaired to yesterday.
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Which is perfectly normal, since the moon takes 18.5 years to get back to the same path through teh sky at the same time again.

You might not have noticed it, but people over 4,000 years ago figured this out and built monuments that can track this.

And no , fukin field rotation is not making this occur.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1557467

Field rotation is what causes the moon to seem tilted, or a "smiley face".

Please, if you see terminology you don't understand, ask for an explanation, or look it up...
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01/12/2012 04:47 AM
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01/12/2012 06:28 AM
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The seasonal moon and sun rises, and their setting was a pretty sure thing. We knew where and when they would occur.

The seasons were planned around where the best spots were to view the moon and sun, or build a house according the moon and sun's positions, go camping, travel certain times of year depending on where the moon and sun would rise and set.

It doesn't change the fact the many who know moon and sun phases, and positions for each and every season, know the moon and sun are not in their normal seasonal rotation.
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The seasonal moon and sun rises, and their setting was a pretty sure thing. We knew where and when they would occur.
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And we still do. The science and maths hasn't changed.

You can use free, downloadable programs to check where the sun, moon, or anything else in the sky should be.

And if you have some crazy belief the programs are doctored, you can find hundred-year-old books with the equations in them, and then work out the positions using only a pocket calculator - no computers or internet involved.

Guess what - they show that the sun and moon are exactly where they're expected to be.

It doesn't change the fact the many who know moon and sun phases, and positions for each and every season, know the moon and sun are not in their normal seasonal rotation.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 3882431

Really? You have measurements showing differences between predicted and actual positions?

Please, post them here so we can have a look at them...
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01/12/2012 08:25 AM
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Re: Is the moon sideways?
two nights ago i wanted to check the moon at night but it was too cloudy here in central florida.i could see the light it made as a white fuzzy ball behind all the clouds.

so last night i went out to check again and it wasnt even out.clear as can be, i watched for any moving stars didnt see any though.
didnt see the moon either.

this morning at 630 i go out and see the bulging moon in the west.
shouldnt i have seen it last night if im seeing it this morning in the west?
it wasnt anywhere last night..i thought that was really strange, but idk.
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Too many people think something looks "off" with the Moon for it to be dismissed out of hand.

I mean, sure there's science.. but there's also a seemingly large number of average people who just feel something has changed. Weird.
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01/12/2012 08:32 AM
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two nights ago i wanted to check the moon at night but it was too cloudy here in central florida.i could see the light it made as a white fuzzy ball behind all the clouds.

so last night i went out to check again and it wasnt even out.clear as can be, i watched for any moving stars didnt see any though.
didnt see the moon either.

this morning at 630 i go out and see the bulging moon in the west.
shouldnt i have seen it last night if im seeing it this morning in the west?
it wasnt anywhere last night..i thought that was really strange, but idk.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6268595


Very interesting. Thanks for posting your observation.
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01/12/2012 08:36 AM
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Re: Is the moon sideways?
two nights ago i wanted to check the moon at night but it was too cloudy here in central florida.i could see the light it made as a white fuzzy ball behind all the clouds.

so last night i went out to check again and it wasnt even out.clear as can be, i watched for any moving stars didnt see any though.
didnt see the moon either.

this morning at 630 i go out and see the bulging moon in the west.
shouldnt i have seen it last night if im seeing it this morning in the west?
it wasnt anywhere last night..i thought that was really strange, but idk.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6268595

The moon rises, moves across the sky, and sets, just liek the sun does, except it's about 50 minutes later every night.

It also takes a slightly different path through the sky every time.

Don't expect it to be in the same place at the same time night after night...
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Too many people think something looks "off" with the Moon for it to be dismissed out of hand.

I mean, sure there's science.. but there's also a seemingly large number of average people who just feel something has changed. Weird.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 8705042

"Feelings" are all very well, but measurements show there's nothing wrong.

How do you explain that?
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01/12/2012 08:39 AM
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Too many people think something looks "off" with the Moon for it to be dismissed out of hand.

I mean, sure there's science.. but there's also a seemingly large number of average people who just feel something has changed. Weird.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 8705042


No there is nothing different with the moon. The sad thing is, there really is so many retards out there that have no idea about the moons movment thought the night sky.
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01/12/2012 08:49 AM
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Too many people think something looks "off" with the Moon for it to be dismissed out of hand.

I mean, sure there's science.. but there's also a seemingly large number of average people who just feel something has changed. Weird.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 8705042


No there is nothing different with the moon. The sad thing is, there really is so many retards out there that have no idea about the moons movment thought the night sky.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7982195


Yeah, see, insults don't alter my view/observation that many people feel something has changed recently.

They might be wrong. Who knows.
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01/12/2012 08:55 AM
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Yeah, its off alright, and for the first time, even my skeptic husband thinks so too. He came inside to get me to see it this morning, and I was still half asleep. Shouldnt it be opposite of the sun? The sun was southeast and the moon is west today. and sideways! you can see a part of it you never see. it was too damn cold be out moon gawking but I could see it for myself.
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01/12/2012 08:58 AM
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Moontards are a wellspring of entertainment. Keep on posting!
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01/12/2012 08:59 AM
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All this really kicked off around the time of the Fukushima quake, did it not?... scratching
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01/12/2012 01:17 PM
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Yeah, its off alright, and for the first time, even my skeptic husband thinks so too. He came inside to get me to see it this morning, and I was still half asleep. Shouldnt it be opposite of the sun?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7859436

No, the moon orbits the earth, taking about 29.5 days from full moon to full moon, so it will appear in the daytime sky about half the time.

And during a solar eclipse it's actually in the same place in the sky as the sun, obviously :)

The sun was southeast and the moon is west today. and sideways! you can see a part of it you never see.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7859436

Are you talking about libration? It's a very small effect, and hardly noticeable.

I suspect you're meaning field rotation (look it up) which make the moon appear to rotate. Actually it's you that's rotating, not the moon.

All this really kicked off around the time of the Fukushima quake, did it not?... scratching
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 8705042

Not unless they had time travel, since there are ancient monuments at least 4,000 years old that still align perfectly with the movements of the moon...
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Re: Is the moon sideways?
Looking at the moon from the Tampa, FL area. I watch the moon just about every night. Over the last few nights it has looked nearly full and I know there was a full moon on Jan. 9 so it should now be in the waning gibbous phase. However I noticed a couple different things about the moon night. First, for the current time of this post, the moon is in a much different position in the night sky compared to previous nights. In previous nights the moon has traveled pretty much straight over my house but tonight it's path is shifted more to the east. Also, instead of darkening from the side as it does during the waning phase, it appears to be darkening from the top of the moon. Is this normal moon behavior or does it seem a little off to anyone else?
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it happens.
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two nights ago i wanted to check the moon at night but it was too cloudy here in central florida.i could see the light it made as a white fuzzy ball behind all the clouds.

so last night i went out to check again and it wasnt even out.clear as can be, i watched for any moving stars didnt see any though.
didnt see the moon either.

this morning at 630 i go out and see the bulging moon in the west.
shouldnt i have seen it last night if im seeing it this morning in the west?
it wasnt anywhere last night..i thought that was really strange, but idk.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6268595


The Moon rises and sets about 50 minutes later each night. When you went out last night it just wasn't up yet.
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I just looked at my photos of the moon from last night, and then compared it to photos off of Google images for photos from Northern hemisphere. So unless the moon face actually is supposed to rotate from time to time about 90 deg. counterclockwise, it is truly now rotating! I have a picture of it, and it differs from most photos I have found. the giant bright crater that usually sits at the bottom(6 o'clock position) is now at the 3 o'clock position from my photo last night. Please explain this one to me! thanks
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