reply to post by luxordelphi
My gosh....so much fail. Despite ALL of the accurate information being given. And, to claim that no one (but yourself) is noticing something
"amiss"? Think about that, for five seconds:
.....this didn't used to happen but it happens now and is, in fact, escalating.
Just to be as clear as can possibly be......the photo link above is being posted fully here, in the post, for convenience and clarity:
The above image can be seen at this website (scroll about one-quarter down the page):
That is Apollo 14. The date is 30 January 1971. So, strike ONE
on the claim that "it didn't used to happen...."
This was taken at Cape Canaveral ('Cape Kennedy' at the time -- since re-named). Apollo 14 launched on 31st January. So, we are seeing the Moon
waxing from New Moon only days prior. The photo was taken after sunset. We are looking West. Because the photo was taken at night, the Sun has
already set, the Moon to follow.
You can open your Stellarium (you did download the program, right??) and set the date to 30 January 1971. You set the location to Merritt Island.
You go to the sky view menu, and check the box that says "Scale Moon" (so it will show the phases). You go to the search box menu, and type in
Now, adjust the time, on the bottom of the Stellarium screen. You have normal speed (real time) forward, pause and fast forward and fast reverse
controls. With the Moon as the "search" item, your point of view will follow the Moon, centering it on the screen. Click anywhere, and control the
screen by holding the mouse button and slewing as you wish.
When you see the Moon setting, and nearing the horizon on the evening of 30 January 1971 you will see that the orientation of the crescent Moon will
look exactly as it does in the photograph above.
Stellarium is a program that does nothing but "crunch numbers"...the laws of orbital mechanics do not change, they have not changed, and they will
not change in the future. The Stellarium program of today matches exactly the photographic evidence of the past. Therefore
representations seen in Stellarium today match up with the view, today. And so into the future.....
. (One more, and your claims are busted).
And just to be clear - I established nothing about 40 degrees anything - you all are fixated for obscure reasons.
40° is noted because it's rather close to YOUR latitude. I would have thought this was obvious?
And, um.....speaking of "fixated", BTW .... this campaign to insist that something is "wrong" with the Moon isn't on my head.....
Further, go to any Mormon site you like and read about the smile moon on the equator. Further, Utah is not near the equator.
So? The "boat" Moon can be seen from the Equator too. SO what?? That isn't the point.
The rest of your pictures and links prove my point. The smile moon, that used to be an equatorial phenom is happening at diverse latitudes far
from the equator and is escalating.
WRONG! It is not ever, ever (in recorded Human history) solely an "equatorial phenom". Period. As proven above.
Your second post is absolute nonsense. The moon is not seasonal. The boat moon is not seasonal - it is equatorial.
Wrong again! (...strike THREE
Have you not taken my suggestion, and visited the Planetarium there in Las Vegas? They seemed to have a very reasonable fee to attend.....only $6 per
adult for admission. The orientation of the crescent Moon relative the horizon, given a specific and constant latitude of viewing, IS seasonal. On
an annual basis. The cycle of the phases of the Moon do not coincide exactly with one year of the Earth's orbit. This must be causing your
Let me make a prediction here - pretty soon we're going to be adding Orion because there was a near miss by the moon in the past
I have NO idea what that (..."a near miss by the moon in the past week.") even means. BUT.....as I have read on many other astronomical websites,
it is true that the orientation of constellations, as viewed from a specific latitude, vary annually as well. for the same reason
angle of the crescent Moon does also...as mentioned above.
Is this simple concept impossible to comprehend for some reason?