Full Moon


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Day of Lunar Cycle

14 or 15

Synodic Position


Angle of Sun-Earth-Moon

The Moon lies exactly 180° opposite the Sun

Illuminated side

Turned toward Earth

Near side

Completely illuminated

Overlap between near side and illuminated side


Proportion of whole Moon that is both illuminated and near


Which part of the near side is illuminated?


Where visible at sunset?

Rising in the east

Where visible at midnight?

Overhead, crossing the meridian

Where visible at sunrise?

Setting in the west

Where visible at noon?

Not visible; near one's nadir

Meridian Transit


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