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Text1. The Moon can appear to be heavily tilted from the mid-latitudes, especially in the winter
The moon is appearing as boat, smile, Cheshire, horned etc. from mid-latitudes all year round. The tilt that we of mid-latitudes have grown to know
and love is intermittantly disappearing and being replaced by a boat. No more icons of the child sitting on the crescent moon and dangling his feet
from the edge. Now it's a boat and it wasn't so before. Stellarium is going to show you WHAT IT IS; not WHAT IT SHOULD BE. I'm starting to think
that you are a troll.
2. The Moon takes a different path across the nighttime sky in the winter than the moon tajkes across the nighttime sky in the summer. Please notice I
I've got to say...hello!!...the moon is out in the day as well. I often see it. In fact, as usual, I look for it. When the moon hits the horizon
it doesn't fall off into the abyss. It continues to orbit in its' normal MONTHLY cycle. It does this every month, come winter, spring, summer or
fall. It doesn't care what season it is - it just keeps on keeping on every month.
All of your full moon fun facts are kind of WHAT?? because we're talking about the crescent moon. We're talking about a certain phase of the moon
in it's monthly cycle - the one that takes 29.5 days to go from waxing crescent to waxing crescent again.
BUT...let's talk about the full moon since you have it on your mind. Have you seen the face in the moon? Sure you have...everyone has. These days
that face cops a nod as it hits the horizon. And sometimes as it comes up. Wierd for mid-latitudes.
You're so set on your seasonal moon that you can't even understand that if the moon is high at night, it's low during the day because it orbits on
the sun's path in the sky. The reasons for this are beyond my math capability to explain - one of my kids, who took her degree in math, could
explain that but not me. All I can say about it is that it has nothing to do with seasons.
...So, yeah. "The Moon is monthly", just like you said. However, that has nothing to do with how the Earth's tilt will affect the way a particular
phase of the Moon is observed from a person on Earth in December when compared to June.
Let me see if I can explain this clearly. What we call a harvest moon one year is not the same moon that we call a harvest moon the next year. Why?
Because the moons' orbit is 11 days different from the year. Because the moon does not orbit yearly - it orbits monthly. We fit the moon into
seasons because we think solar, as a western culture on a solar calendar. It's not the same moon even though we peg it that way in a solar oriented
Forget the 18.6 year cycle. Sure -- that's a factor, by a minor one that is just serving to confuse the issue. Also, forget that the Moon has a
monthly revolution around the Earth, while the Earth has a yearly revolution around the Sun. That is not relevant at all.
This is a fact. How is that 'not relevant at all'?
I know it's tough to envision 3 balls in the air. Jugglers practice to get this going. Few can do it. But that's what we've got with the Sun,
Moon and Earth. Each has their own peculiarities but each is also tied to the others. This is not seasonal - it's celestial mechanics.
So, of course the Young Moon will seem to be very close to horizontal. The Young Moon is the most horizontal--looking phase due to its position in the
Earth's sky relative to the sun.
Yes...if you're on the equator. I'm 2988 nautical miles from Quito, Ecuador which is on the equator.
Well, by definition, that is not possible because the Young Moon is always right behind the Sun in the winter sky, and moving basically along the same
path as the Sun (maybe with a few degree difference). It would never be "next to" the sun in the winter when they both are setting.
You've been looking at too many 2-dimensional graphics. We're not in a 2-dimensional world right now. Sun, moon and earth are in a 3-dimensional
arena. All I can suggest here is maybe get a globe and try to visualize. Depth perception, or so I've heard, is not for everyone.