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The path of the Moon in the sky. The second most striking astronomical object. If we observe the position of the Moon in the night sky, what do we find?. Instant gratification concession: Any opinions (guesses) on where you can find the Moon in the sky?.

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The path of the moon in the sky

The path of the Moon in the sky

The second most striking astronomical object


If we observe the position of the moon in the night sky what do we find

If we observe the position of the Moon in the night sky, what do we find?

Instant gratification concession: Any opinions (guesses) on where you can find the Moon in the sky?


First phenomenon to discuss phases of the moon

First phenomenon to discuss: phases of the moon


Phases of the moon and position of the sun they are not independent

Phases of the moon and position of the Sun…they are not independent!

Full moon is 180 degrees away from the Sun on the sky, Question: where in the sky will the full moon be at midnight?


The reason for phases of the moon

The reason for phases of the Moon


The path of the moon in the sky

Understanding the geometric reason for the phases of the Moon allows us to immediately understand new pictures from distant spacecraft


Where do we find the moon in the nighttime sky

Where do we find the Moon in the nighttime sky?

In which constellations do we find it? Does it move along the ecliptic?


The path of the moon in the sky1

The path of the Moon in the sky


The line of nodes of the moon s orbit

The line of nodes of the Moon’s orbit


You can get out your sc1 chart and check it out for yourself

You can get out your SC1 chart and check it out for yourself!


How do we explain all of this

How do we explain all of this?

What is the “physics” of the solar system which produces all of these observed phenomena?

It took the human race tens of thousands of years to reach the right answer


The existence of the ecliptic

The existence of the ecliptic

The Earth and the other planets orbit the Sun, in nearly the same plane for all planets


The inner solar system 3 months from now

The inner solar system 3 months from now


The path of the moon in the sky

February 3

May 3


Why we see the sun projected against different constellations at different times of the year

Why we see the Sun “projected against” different constellations at different times of the year


Then why is the ecliptic tilted with respect to the celestial equator the reason for seasons

Then, why is the ecliptic tilted with respect to the celestial equator (the reason for seasons)

Answer: the obliquity of the ecliptic (or more simply “obliquity”, or even more simply, “tilt of the Earth’s axis”)


The path of the moon in the sky

Northern hemisphere in winter

Northern hemisphere in summer


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