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Hunters moon in USA and Canada

  1. Jan 14, 2017 #1

    cnh1995

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    My facebook timeline was showing a news which said "North America and Canada witnessed two Suns in the sky". (I know fb is not a reliable source for such information).Because of the change in orbits, the moon rises and the Sun sets at the same time and the moon reflects the sunlight so bright that it appears as another Sun. I read in an article that the time between sunset and moonrise is shorter for Hunter's moon. But do they both appear at the same time like in these pictures?
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    Is this true? I have a limited knowledge of astronomy, so I don't understand this change of orbit thing. From what I read on the internet, some news reports say it's true while some say it's fake.
     
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  3. Jan 15, 2017 #2

    Borek

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    No way. Moon can reflect the light from the Sun only when it is in the sky (as seen from the Earth) on the opposite side the Sun is. Very simple and basic geometry.

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  4. Jan 15, 2017 #3

    cnh1995

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    That was very stupid of me!o0) Don't know why I couldn't see that...
    Thanks!
     
  5. Jan 15, 2017 #4

    Borek

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    After all my yesterdays blunders (not necessarily related to PF) I am glad to hear others have weaker days too :wink:
     
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