A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Antoine Couëtte
Date: 2018 Oct 2, 02:28 -0700
Also, at some point during the lunation, the Moon is to appear rather close from the Sun. This happens during the New Moon period, since during apparent closest approach from Earth Center its angular distance to the Sun is at most 7°, and sometimes much less for the greatest joy of Sun Eclipse lovers.
Nothing here seems to indicate that the Sun has been suppressed one way or the other from the picture.
Hence Mister Sun is absent from this picture.
How come ?
Irrespective of its rapidly changing Declination (up to 6° per 24 hours) the Moon GHA decreases by at least 10° every 24 hours.
So the "next day" Moon must definitely show "to the left" of the previous day position as seen from Northern latitudes above 30°N, or "to the right" of the previous day position fro southern Latitudes under 30°S. If it starts showing "under" or "above" instead of right or left, then we are near the equator, and the Moon should not "drift" so much Right or Left in the course of one lunation as shown on the picture.
And in the course of a full lunation, and from anywhere, and unlike the Sun, Lady Moon should cross the full sky all 360° around.
Also the distance between 2 successive Moons being at least 12° relatively to the stars, it should represent about 24 times its apparent semi-diameters sizes between any 2 adjacent days.
Not at all the case on this picture which does specify that pictures where taken at the same time on successive days.
Also 27 pictures instead of 28 advertised .
Just for these reasons - and there are other unrealistics points too (e.g. illuminated limbs successive orientations) - Kermit thinks it is a fake.
Antoine M. Couëtte