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    Donna just asked me a question that I can't answer. She is watching something on TV about India and said that they showed the moon resting on it's side. So instead of a ( or ) like we see it here it was like that right paren were laying down. SO she asked "Do other parts of the world see the moon differently than we?"





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    Yes I noticed this when we went to the canaries which is about level with florida and substantially south of where we live.

    The moon is ina fixed orbit around the earth ( imagine a swingball/tetherball pulled taught) and you will get a sightly different view of it depending on whether you are above , at a level, or sl under that orbit - the sifferences are small - you cant see any new major features but it does look different

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    I never knew that! I'm going to take more notice the next time I travel somewhere other than the UK.





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    For us Mare Crisium ( the round sea on the right) is top right for us but at lower latitutes it is in a different position (12 o clock as opposed to 2 o clock)- I will try and demonstrate with these pics they are not great but see if you can see what I mean.

    From the UK




    From the Canaries



    It also changes throughout the year as the Earth wobbles - hence the change in seasons and length of day the north pole points more to the sun in the Summer and as such the moon looks a little diffent then

    not sure if you can see what I mean from the pics try and look at the craters I know they are not the same phase but it should give you some idea, you can see the shadow part of the moon is at an entirely different angle

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