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Message Subject Moontard here: THE friggin MOON is NOT RIGHT!
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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I noticed it too, the moon, as viewed from Northern California was waning from the top down not from the side. I don't recall ever seeing it like that before. My viewing angle was looking due East and slightly north .move was moving from northeast to southwesterly direction .

Perhaps it always does this in late October early nov? I dunno...
Time to pull out some OLD encyclopedias that NASA hasn't edited....
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 25463516


Field rotation is not dependent on the season. And yes, field rotation was described long before NASA was founded. Here's a reference from 1900:
[link to adsabs.harvard.edu]
Siderostats and heliostats do not use polar alignment and are therefore subject to field rotation. So are you when you're viewing the moon by eye. This problem is eliminated in a polar aligned telescope and indeed the moon is seen to be waning from the side, not from the top, in such a telescope.
 
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