posted on Mar, 10 2012 @ 03:19 AM
reply to post by Brandon88
You will only see a full Moon when the Moon is behind the Earth, (relative to the Sun). When both the Sun and the Moon are visible in the sky at the
same time, that means the Moon is somewhere beside the Earth. So you'll only see it partly illuminated.
To illustrate this on a smaller scale. Imagine you and a buddy are standing beside one another, both facing a lamp. If you turn to look at him,
you'll see the front of his body illuminated and the backside in shadow. You will only see your buddy fully illuminated when he's standing more or
less behind you.
Check out this free program called Celestia
which is a 3d solar system simulator. It might help to make
it a bit easier to understand.