What is a Moon simulator?

Demonstrates the correspondence between the moon’s position in its orbit, its phase, and its position in an observer’s sky at different times of day.

Does the moon ever set?

The Moon’s Motions Like the sun, the moon rises in the east and sets in the west (with some exceptions for observers in earth’s extreme northern and southern regions). Like the sun, the moon doesn’t move across our sky quite as fast as the stars do.

How does moonrise and moonset work?

Moonrise and moonset are times when the upper limb of the Moon appears above the horizon and disappears below it, respectively. The exact times depend on the lunar phase and declination, as well as the observer’s location.

How does moon rise work?

This movement is from the Moon’s orbit, which takes 27 days, 7 hours and 43 minutes to go full circle. It causes the Moon to move 12–13 degrees east every day. This shift means Earth has to rotate a little longer to bring the Moon into view, which is why moonrise is about 50 minutes later each day.

Why is the moon dark?

From Earth, the Moon’s surface looks dark because the illuminated side is facing away from Earth. As our Moon continues its orbit counterclockwise around Earth (viewed from above the north pole), more and more of the illuminated part of the Moon becomes visible to us, until it reaches the “full Moon” stage.

How long is a lunar day?

24 hours and 50 minutes
Unlike a 24-hour solar day, a lunar day lasts 24 hours and 50 minutes. This occurs because the moon revolves around the Earth in the same direction that the Earth is rotating on its axis. Therefore, it takes the Earth an extra 50 minutes to “catch up” to the moon.

What is meridian passing?

Meridian (Passing the Meridian) When we use the word meridian, it’s usually referring to the moment that the Moon crosses or passes a location’s meridian; this marks the exact moment when the Moon reaches the highest position in the sky.