Does the moon look the same in different countries?
|You are here: Homework Help > Science Zone > Day & Night > Moon Phases
As the moon orbits the earth, we see the sunlit part of the moon.
The Moon orbits near the equator of the Earth.
People in different hemispheres see the moon in a slightly different way.
Countries in the different hemispheres see the Moon from a completely different vantage point from each other.
In the northern hemisphere the first quarter looks like a growing D, while in the southern hemisphere it looks like a C.
In the northern hemisphere the last quarter looks like a C, while in the southern hemisphere looks like a D.
In the Northern Hemisphere the sunlit part of the moon moves from right to left.
DOC (D first quarter O full Moon C last quarter)
In the Southern Hemisphere the sunlit part moves from the left to the right.
C O D (C first quarter O full Moon D last quarter)
The images below show what the moon phases are like in each hemisphere.
The side of the Moon and its phases vary depending on our location on Earth.
Northern Hemisphere - Clockwise
Southern Hemisphere - anti-clockwise
What is the Moon like at the equator?
In places close to the equator:
|Message from one of our visitors:
While watching the coverage of the F1 motor race which took place in Melborne, Australia, I noted that the moon was the wrong way up. I asked my brother-in-law (who usually knows everything) but he was unable to explain, so I went online and searched through Google.
Thank you very much I really enjoyed reading your pages and now I can say I know what was always puzzling me all along.
|Introduction to phases
|Tips for Moon watching
|Shapes of the Moon
|Moon around the world
|Time to see each phase
|Facts about the Moon
|Moon Calendar 2014
© Copyright - please read
All the materials on these pages are free for homework and classroom use only. You may not redistribute, sell or place the content of this page on any other website or blog without written permission from the author Mandy Barrow.