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Chris Rice wrote a song that uses the words in my subject line, but I think I've heard it other places. It's very true, I do miss friends I don't get to see much. I'm thankful for the ones I see regularly as well as those I don't.

How did this turn into a mushy post? Anyway, I have a possible mis-conception that I'm trying to clear up. I can't usually see the moon unless I'm away from city light and then I see it by reflecting the light with a mirror. I always thought that the moon was always present in the sky and you could see it when it was dark (after sunset, before sunrise). But I was looking at
Weather Underground
and I noticed that the moon rises at 11 in the morning and sets at 3ish in the morning. Does that mean that there is no moon visible for a few hours before the sun rises? I'm curious to know how this works.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Time for coffe/breakfast and class.



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Apr. 6th, 2006 08:40 pm (UTC)
The moon is a strange, strange critter. The phases of the moon are determined by the relationship between the sun and the moon. When the two are closer together, we don't see any reflected light from the sun and it's a new moon. When the two are farthest apart, the light from the sun hits the full face of the moon to make for a full moon.

During a full moon, it seems to rise at sunset and set at sunrise for most people in the world, as you can't see the moon until the point where you're at on the planet passes from day into night. At this point in its orbit, the sun, earth, and moon, are kind of in a line in that order, with the moon a little higher than the line between the sun and Earth. So, when you can see the sun, the moon is behind the horizon. Then as the planet turns, the sun disappears and the moon comes into view.

A horribly long answer to what is a rather simpler question...*sheepish grin* I tend to get carried away about reading up on things when someone asks an interesting question. But yes, depending on a whole lot of factors I don't entirely understand, sometimes the moon sets several hours before sunrise. Can still see all of the stars and such, just no moon. Sometimes it's still up there as the sun is rising and you can kind of see it fading as the sky brightens around it. And I'll still never get entirely accustomed to seeing a bit of crescent moon in the sky during the day. It's really faint and a little hard to make out, but it's kind of nifty.

My favorite part though is when there's a full moon on a really crisp, clear winter's night. It can be a little eerie, but everything seems to glow. It even leaves shadows under trees and houses and such. There's no color. Everything gets bleached out to every shade of grey you can imagine. But it's very nearly as easy to see as it is on a cloudy day.

At any rate, sorry to ramble on so. It's an incredibly good question and one I'd never given much thought to. I do hope this helped answer a bit.

zen hugs
Apr. 6th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that description! There's no need to feel sheepish about long answers to questions, at least not in this LJ. Thank you for the info. It definitely helps!
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