When a full moon occurs if there were people on the moon would they see a full Earth'?
No, they would normally see a "new Earth" (dark). The moon shines by light reflected from the sun. The moon has phases because as it orbits the earth the side that is toward us is sometimes completely in daylight (full moon) sometimes completely in night (new moon) and sometimes partly one and partly the other (assorted phases). During the full moon the Sun, Earth and Moon are all lined up in a straight line with the Earth in the middle. The near side of the moon is facing the earth *and* the sun so it is all lit up. The side of the earth which is facing the moon though is facing away from the sun, thus it is night time and the earth would look dark to people on the moon. At the time of the new moon the situation is exactly reversed and then the moon would see a full earth. Here is more: * Because the Earth is between the sun and the moon for a full moon (i.e. the moon is "behind" the Earth), occasionally the Earth's shadow will fall across the moon, creating a "lunar eclipse". Similarly, it is during a "new moon", with the moon between the sun and Earth, that we get a "solar eclipse", the moon's shadow blocking the Sun. What may confuse some is that the moon orbits the Earth just once every 28 days. Its apparent motion on a daily basis is just us spinning around on the Earth beneath it. * A lunar eclipse here on Earth means that someone on the Moon would see the Earth partially or completely blocking the Sun, as we do in solar eclipses. * The far side (back) of the Moon is never visible from Earth, and conversely the Earth can never be seen from there.
Lunar eclipses occurs at a full moon when Earth is directly between the moon an the sun and also occurs only when there is a full moon because the moon is closet to Earth,s shadow at that time while a solar eclipses occur when the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun, blocking sunlight from Earth and only occurs when a new moon blocks your view of the sun.
Why does a lunar eclipse occur when there is a full moon and a solar eclipse occur when there is a new moon?
It would be the opposite. If we went to the moon when it was full, we would look back at an earth in shadow (a `new earth`) If we went to the moon when it was new, then it would be between us and the sun, so we would look back at a full earth. For a waxing gibbous from earth, the earth would be a waning crescent from the moon.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes behind the earth so that the earth blocks the sun's rays from striking the moon. This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, there is always a full moon the night of a lunar eclipse.
It's a matter of shadows. In a solar eclipse, the shadow of the Moon falls on the Earth, which can only happen when the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun; at the NEW moon. A lunar eclipse occurs when the shadow of the Earth falls on the Moon, when the Earth is between the Sun and the Moon - a full moon. Since the Earth is much bigger than the Moon, the Earth's…
You would see similar phases, but the earth phase as viewed from the moon will always be the opposite of the moon phase as seen from earth at any given time. If the moon is seen as a full moon from earth, then the earth would be in complete shadow. If a new moon is seen from the earth, then a full earth would be seen from the moons surface.
The new moon is one of the four main phases of the Moon. The phases of the Moon describe the position of the Moon in its orbit around the Earth. The new Moon occurs when the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun. It is when nights are the darkest as the Moon cannot be seen for most of the night since it is obscured by the Earth. The opposite of the new Moon…
Think about it for a second.... The Earth is round. There are several time zones around the earth. If a full moon occurs at 1:28 pm in Anchorage, it is also occurring at 11:28pm in Bellgrade. Full moons occur when the moon is at a point in it's orbit were it is opposite the sun relative to the Earth. So, the better question is, what time during the month does a full moon occur?
Yes, it does. An observer on the earth side of the moon would notice the earth going through phases similar to the moon's, and the phases would take a lunar cycle to complete. However, when it is full moon to us, it would be 'new earth' to the lunar observer. When it is new moon for us, lunar observers would be treated to a full earth.