Why did the moon rise in a different place?

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Why did the moon rise in a different place?
« on: 02/02/2010 13:30:02 »
Victor Helios asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Can you guys shed any light as to why the moon has risen in the exact opposite direction as to where it usually does?

It always rises to the NE of my house and travels east to south to finally west.

But I remember clearly on Stephens night looking out the back for the eclipse. This evening it rose in the south west and actually looks as if it is in eclipse.

What do you think?
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Why did the moon rise in a different place?
« Reply #1 on: 02/02/2010 22:54:40 »
Hmm...  first of all, eclipses only occur when the Moon is full; it's currently at about three quarters full.

The Moon was just over half-full on St. Stephens day/night 26 December 2009.  There was a partial eclipse on 31 December 2009 though.

For the moon to rise in the West would require either the Earth to start spinning backwards, or the Moon to reverse its course around its orbit, and neither of those things has happened; we'd all be very aware of it if it had.
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