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Originally posted by DarthPhobos
Where you eating some of those funny bun's, you know the one's with ganja in them??
Originally posted by ArMaP
I have photographed the Moon almost every day since last Friday (I think I missed a day) and I haven't seen anything like that.
A careful observer will certainly notice that over the period of months, the crescent of the Moon does indeed seem to go from being lit on the "bottom" of the Moon to being lit on the side of the Moon. So what is happening to make the Moon look different? It is all a result of the Moon's orbit around the Earth, and the Earth's orbit around the Sun. And exactly when you see the Moon in the shape of a 'U' (lit on the bottom) rather than a backward 'C' (lit on the side) depends on what latitude you are at. But the explanation is the same regardless of when you see it from your location.
Originally posted by Ozscot
Thank you Illustronic, much appreciated - you just confirmed what I feared. This is Australia - where the sky last night was cloudless and brilliant. At approx 6pm I observed an almost half moon (left side) - at approx 8:30pm the angle of the lit portion had changed dramatically - on a clock face the area now lit up would be from 4 to 10. Fortunately someone else witnessed it with me ensuring I wasn't mad. I also took the trouble of going inside and telling my wife but again - I honestly believed this was some sort of well known phenomena explained rationally by lunar phases I don't understand. If you're saying it's not - then there's a very real issue at the heart of this.
I saw the Moon do that last night - and for the life of me I cannot explain why.