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What causes the movement of the moon across the sky?

Updated: 9/23/2023

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The first is that the Earth rotates on it's axis while the moon remains relatively still. As you know, it takes a little less than 24 hours for the earth to spin completely around. So in 2 hours, the moon will have appeared to move 30 degrees across the sky. If you have real patience, you'll notice that in 6 hours, the moon will have moved about 90 degrees.

The second way to answer the question is if you have been watching the moon at the same time every night and noticed that it is not in the same place each time. (Or you may have been comparing the moon to the background stars on different nights.) This happens because the moon revolves around the Earth. It takes about 28 days for the moon to do a complete cycle. (In those 28 days, the background stars hardly change their position in the sky, but the moon has.) In about 28 days, the moon travels around the earth creating a full lunar cycle relative to the sun. In other words, if you look at the position of the moon when it is high in the sky and record the time, then two days later at the same time, the moon will be 25 degrees away from that position.

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Note: An interesting thing is that the moon IS moving across the sky. But the moon is moving from west to east, and not from east to west as you might think from casual observations. If you doubt this, consider the implications of the fact that the moon rises a little later each day than it did the day before.

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