Moon positions

When the moon rises, the stars are a bit worse to see and when it’s cloudy too. The stars are not the only thing you can navigateat night , even from the moon positions you can see in which directions are which.

  • A full moon is in the Northern Hemisphere at 12:00 a.m. in the South.
  • the crescent moon after the full moon (A waning moon) stands at 12 at night in the East.
  • the crescent moon for the full moon (A waxing moon) is in the West at 12 o’clock at night.

To be clear;

  • If you see the eastern half of the moon, it’s a waxing moon and it’s in the west at noon.
  • When you see the western half it stands in the east at 12 o’clock at night and it is a decreasing moon.

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Of course you can take this on the gamble but you can also use a “moon compass”.

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You can use the lunar compass to orient yourself during a night hike.

The moon is less firmly in the same place as the sun but also on the moon you can see in which directions the world’s winds lie. A full moon is in the South at noon. The crescent after the full moon (A waning moon) stands at 12 at night in the East. The crescent moon for the full moon (A waxing moon) is in the West at 12 o’clock at night. Of course you can take this on the gamble but you can also use a “moon compass”.

Create

The name “compass” suggests that a magnetic needle designates the north. this is not the case with a lunar compass. this consists of two discs with;

  • On the lower the corners on the edge, and the moon positions around the middle. (Full moon at South, New moon at North )
  • In the upper, smaller, disc a window that allows you to see the moon position on the bottom. On the edge the hours of the clock. 12 hours above the window. 1 to 6 to the right (eastern om) where the 6 to 90° (east) comes from 12 back to 6 to the left (westom) with 6 on the 90° (west). In the middle a split pen and ready!

Use

Here’s how to use the lunar compass:

  1. Rotate the top disc until you see standing moon position in the window.
  2. Turn the whole compass until the right time points to the moon.
  3. On the lower disc you can now read the corners of the world.

Moon positions at midnight

At midnight, the moon positions are as follows:

  • New moon – North — 0°
  • 1/2 Waning moon – East — 90°
  • Full moon – South — 180°
  • 1/2 Waxing moon – West — 270°

Mnemonic

When you see the east side of the moon, it’ll be in the West at midnight and vice versa.