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    Re: An assumption about the moon
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2010 Feb 17, 19:50 -0500
    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, <haematopus@gmail.com> 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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