Does the moon orbit around the earth's equator?
November 27, 2007 8:52 PM Subscribe
We had a full moon a few days back, and it seemed - to me - to be floating very much higher in the sky than a full moon I watched last summer, which I think was at a much lower angle. But if the moon rotates around the equator, then wouldn't it always be the same height in the sky, for any particular position on earth?
posted by woodblock100 to Science & Nature (11 answers total)
I understand the earth/sun relationship, and how the tilt of our axis causes the sun to be (apparently) higher and lower in the sky at different times of the year, but does the moon also follow a similar pattern?
I guess this is a no-brainer for astronomy buffs, but I'm having trouble looking this up on the web, not knowing the correct terminology. Can somebody shed some (moon)light on this for me?