The Moon Below the Equator

By Michael Myers


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If you are from the northern hemisphere, a full moon appears like this:

Full Moon from N. Hemisphere

But if you are from the southern hemisphere it appears like this, upside down, if you will:

Full Moon from S. Hemisphere(This is the exact same  image as above, rotated 180 degrees in a graphics program)

The fact is, the image of a man's face can be seen from either hemisphere, but it's a different face . Here's the "man in the moon" as known in the northern hemisphere (I threw in some hair to identify the top of the head). Compare it to the adjacent photo:
Northern man in the moon drawing Full Moon from N. Hemisphere

Here is the man in the moon as those downunder know him- again this is the exact same drawing rotated 180 degrees (except for the hair):
Southern man in the moon drawing Full Moon from S. Hemisphere

So what appears to be the "man's" left eye to those above the equator becomes his mouth below the equator!

I'll bet you never knew that!   : )

How the moon appears to travel in different directions:

The moon, the sun, planets and other orbiting heavenly bodies always rise in the east and set in the west. In the northern hemisphere after it rises it travels from left to right in the southern sky; and the southern side of a house is always the sunny side.

It is the opposite below the equator: the moon travels from right to left in the northern sky, and the southern side of the house is always shady.

Here is a crude diagram to show how the moon moves in apparently opposite directions:
N and S observers diagram

Many thanks to the several people from downunder who helped me understand this.

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