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Old 04-18-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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I've looked and looked....

My daughter has to complete a Moon Journal for school...she needs to observe the moon daily and draw a picture of what she sees. (the phases) And she can NOT get a picture on the internet.

So we kept looking at night until we figured out that the moon rises in the am...tomorrow it will rise at 5:30am.

But the big question is Where? We don't have a great place for viewing, but are we looking North/south/east/west???

We've been all over the internet and can't find an easy reference that tells me which direction to look in.
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:12 PM
 
Location: RTP area, NC
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You made me curious, so I did a quick search and a farmers almanac says the following:

"The Moon, more often than not, 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."
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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Here's a great site for you. Type in your zip code, and the time of day on the next page.

Astronomy | Weather Underground

Here's chapel hill at 6 am (if the link works). The moon will be coming up a few degrees north of east.

Astronomy | Weather Underground
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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Thank you! We will hope there are no clouds in the east tomorrow! (and for the rest of the MONTH we have to draw the moon phases)
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Old 04-18-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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Far be it from me to keep your daughter from making her own observations, but the phase of the moon is shown on the chart (and the dates of the major phases are also on the bottom right of the page). You can scroll the dates forward to see how it will change in the coming month (sliver tomorrow, new moon thursday, etc).
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Far be it from me to keep your daughter from making her own observations, but the phase of the moon is shown on the chart (and the dates of the major phases are also on the bottom right of the page). You can scroll the dates forward to see how it will change in the coming month (sliver tomorrow, new moon thursday, etc).
We had this project too (was it third or 4th grade?) Anyway, it was cloudy and rainy that week and the kids were told they were allowed to look online or in a book and draw it if they couldn't actually find it (or had to go to bed before it came up).
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:14 AM
 
Location: Lake Gaston, NC
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there's an app for that if you have a smartphone
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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there's an app for that if you have a smartphone
Stellarium for iphone. Free, and I love it.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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If you have an I-pad I'd suggest spending the $5 on the Star Walk app.
It gives you moon rise/set times along with a few other planets.
You can take it outside, tilt it up to the sky & it shows you what you are looking at.

I wish we had something like that when I was in school - would have made astonomy sooo much more interesting.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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google sky map online or with a smartphone.
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