Does the Moon Rise in the East?

Does the Moon Rise in the East?image preview

You may be surprised to learn that, more often that not, the Moon rises in the east and sets in the west; however, depending on the phase of the Moon and the time of the year, the rising might actually occur in the east-northeast or east-southeast, and the setting might take place in the west-northwest or west-southwest.

When the Moon is full, it rises close to due east and sets close to due west on those dates nearest the Vernal and Fall Equinoxes. In fact, when the Moon is full, it’s nearly opposite the setting Sun. As you watch the Sun set, turn around and you’ll find the full Moon rising.

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