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    Re: An assumption about the moon
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2010 Feb 17, 20:02 -0500

    The rising/setting azimuth changes.  When full, it will be rising
    opposite the sun, when new with the sun, and changing in between.
    And of course the declination.  The azimuth can be easier to see than
    the declination.
    
    When full in winter, the moon will be high.  When full in summer,
    low.  So yes, it indicates the seasons.
    
    Fred
    
    On Feb 17, 2010, at 7:50 PM, Apache Runner wrote:
    
    > Wow, that's a tough one.   The orbital inclination of the moon is
    > 28.5 degrees, so it's going to wander all over the place during the
    > course of a lunar month.
    >
    > The only "primitive" use of the moon I can do (no tables) is to
    > look at the illuminated side knowing roughly the time of night, and
    > "follow the horns" of the crescent moon to find south.   I guess I
    > could be more sophisticated, but don't really bother.
    >
    > On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 7:34 PM,  wrote:
    > Greetings,
    >
    > recently on a camping trip in baja we were looking at the moon and
    > during the conversation one person commented that the path of the
    > moon indicated the season.
    >
    > By my recollection though I believe that the moons path ( well at
    > least the rising and settings points) on the horizon move back and
    > forth fairly quickly - probably over a lunar months time.
    >
    > Is there any pattern that I could describe to someone so that they
    > could over a months time see the changes in the path of the moon
    > without resorting to tables or even compass.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
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