Berk Moss (mossfam@TELEPORT.COM)
Sat, 14 Feb 1998 21:30:29 -0800
On Tue, 10 Feb 1998
My friend Bob Taylor <brtaylor@TELEBYTE.NET>
Subject: telling time
coming home last night fromn selling tickets for our fund raiser pancake
breakfast(had to plug it, even if you can't make it!:)), my son Joe and I
talked about how bright the full moon was. Joe and I were wondering if it
is possible to tell direction and/or time from the light of the moon, like
you can by using the son.
thank you for your help.
Well, there are a few simple things that the full moon can help with about
time and direction.
On the night of the full moon, it rises at sunset in the east reaches it's
highest point in the sky (the southern sky where we live ) at Midnight and
sets just as the sun rises.
Half moons are more difficult,they either "rise" at noon and set at
midnight so are overhead at sunset or rise at midnight and "set" at noon so
are overhead at dawn. In both cases for us, the highest overhead point will
be due south.
A new moon rises (but you can't see it) at dawn and sets at sunset and is
highest at noon in our southern sky. (Not very useful inforation!)
Knowing these things, one can estimate the night time from the moon's
location and phase and can get some sense of where south is.
BTW I know "find your way at night" is a requirement for first class, but
when I teach this we always have a long talk about NOT trying to find to
find your way at night if lost.
One more thing, Bob lives in Washington and I live in Oregon. We'd love it
if someone would help us find our way using the most common feature of our
sky out here in the Pacific Northwest -- clouds!
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