Does the moon move across the night sky?


Quick Answer

The moon moves across the sky every night. The movement of the moon can be seen over the course of minutes when the moon is near the horizon, while it is rising and setting. The moon’s movement is also noticeable around noon when it is high in the sky.

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The moon orbits the Earth in 27 Earth days and completes a rotation in the same amount of time. It orbits Earth at a distance of approximately 239,000 miles and takes 29.5 days to transition from one new moon to another. The moon is invisible from Earth when it is closest to sun because it is hidden in the sun's glare, but it is bright enough to be seen in daylight through most of the course of the moon's orbit.

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