If you are from the northern hemisphere, a full moon appears like this:
But if you are from the southern hemisphere it appears like this, upside down, if you will:
|(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:
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):
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! : )
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:
Many thanks to the several people from downunder who helped me understand this.
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