TAKEN 07/2009


I have to ask myself these questions after I took pictures of this year's first full moon. I would like to point out two craters that stand out and appear to have moved. I want to clarify that I am stating that I think the moon has shifted as a whole and I am merely using the two craters as a point of reference. I would like to know if the face of the moon shifts or rotates to a different position? Is this common?

The Mare Crisium crater is an almost circular dark area towards the top right side of the moon. That is where it shows up on most of my moon shots, until recently. (If you are unsure as to where these features are, just go on-line and look up mapping of the moon's craters.)

The other crater that I will bring to your attention is what I call the "Belly Button" of the moon. It's official name is Tycho crater. It is an almost perfectly round lighter circle towards the lower edge of the moon, almost bottom center. Again,in the first two pictures but not the third. This is approximately where it appears in countless other pictures that I have taken over the years.

In the third picture the Mare Crisium shows up almost to the top center of the moon. This is not a rotation of the photograph or of the camera. No trick photography here. You will also notice that the distance of the crater's outline to the distance of the edge of the moon has decreased in the third shot.

Now compare where the "Belly Button" or Tycho, is located on the first two pictures compared to the third. It is no longer bottom center. I have noticed small changes from year to year but nothing this obvious. Perhaps it isn't so significant...or is it? You decide.

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PR says ... on Wednesday, Mar 12 at 6:35 PM

If we are going to give a story like this so much attention, perhaps we should also go over how the moon shots were faked and how the earth is flat. (sarcasm) It could be a valuable topic if we turn it into a learning opportunity.

sane says ... on Wednesday, Mar 12 at 11:02 AM

wow there a lot of fruit cakes, watching the moon latey..

Scott says ... on Monday, Mar 10 at 10:42 AM

The Moon was recently hit with a large meteor, also the person above cited Cornell report..its accurate. Also take a compass and watch the sun set, its not True west, 10 minutes off, {check out you tube videos) earth tilted too. 8 degrees i read.

keith says ... on Monday, Mar 10 at 7:16 AM

The moon orbits the Earth once every 27.322 days. It also takes approximately 27 days for the moon to rotate once on its axis. As a result, the moon does not seem to be spinning but appears to observers from Earth to be keeping almost perfectly still

SG says ... on Thursday, Feb 6 at 7:11 PM

Cold hearted orb that rules the night, Removes the colors from our sight. Red is grey and yellow white, But we decide which is right. And which is an illusion?

anon says ... on Saturday, Jan 25 at 12:29 PM

People who pay little attention to the sky, then suddenly start watching it seem to over react to normal phases of the moon. I'd recommend reading up on phases, etc. on wikipedia and other astrology sites.

phyllis says ... on Friday, Jan 24 at 1:45 PM

I most often see the moon rise in the east and set in the west

bho says ... on Friday, Jan 24 at 12:54 PM

all caused by global warming

F14TomCat says ... on Thursday, Jan 9 at 7:42 PM

If the U.S. is the face of Earth.....the "wake" dragged it down a few degrees. So, now Russia instead of Canada is magnetic north. The moons orbit was pulled .....the proof is 2 fold. 1 the phases are no longer all vertical and the face has shifted.

F14TomCat says ... on Thursday, Jan 9 at 7:35 PM

It seems that a dwarf planet "eres" i believe, passed through our solar system and threw quite a few planets/sattelites/moons our of allignment. Its magnetic field and "wake" pulled Everything. The north pole is now in Russia.

Mooner says ... on Tuesday, Dec 17 at 5:26 PM

What did the moon say!!!!Shine, shine, shine, move, move, move!!!! See my hole, hole, hole hole!!!!

Front says ... on Monday, Oct 21 at 6:16 AM

Swinging round soon the front may be all the way round to the east and i will have to change all the maps on my gps along with it so i will know where im goin again. God i wish God would stop treatin me like an ant and a robot and make me God for a

Front says ... on Monday, Oct 21 at 6:11 AM

I thought it was just me and i needed glasses from the optomatrist.So i went an put a compass on the front of my house cos it is supposed to face north.To my surprise it is now facing more east toward sunrise. I cant believe it i think the earth is,

absidu says ... on Sunday, Sep 22 at 7:10 PM

that's really funny, only few days a go I never thought there was such a thing called 'pole shift' and I remember saying the moon looks like its resting on its back, knowing nothing about science I ignored and now I read all this articles about it.

sdenne says ... on Sunday, Sep 22 at 1:26 PM

Now I'd really be worried if the "Man in the Moon" rolled over and we saw his back side. (Mooned)

Seer says ... on Thursday, Aug 22 at 11:50 AM

Billy Myer in 1975 gave photos to Col.Windal Stevens US airforce retired that showed 2 moons that collied and the grays subed this moon in to save the earth.aliens live inside.when apollo 11 said when they landed that the moon rang like a bell 4 1 hr

Carl F Rollberg says ... on Friday, Aug 9 at 9:02 AM

The crater, Tycho was originally called "Umbillicus Lunaris" or Moon Naval before it was named after astronomer Tycho Brahe. You did good calling it "Belly Button. I called it an orange stem crater for its resemblance of an orange.

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Aug 8 at 3:33 AM

Have you watched the time lapse video nasa put out on libration? Watch the moon for two phases in the beginnin 2012 and then skip to near the end... Over the course of 2012 the degree of apparent tilt steadily increased, like a top slowing down....

Igor says ... on Monday, Jul 15 at 12:34 AM

I assume the moon is adjusting its position in relation to the changed earth's electromagnetical field. All objects move in direct dependence of each other, and whatever material the moon consists of, it will follow the bigger neighbour object earth.

Harvey says ... on Saturday, Jun 29 at 8:38 AM

more... with the right pics you will see the moon is moving a lot more than the 23' * the 7' * the 3' The government will not tell the truth, will cover it up.

Harvey says ... on Saturday, Jun 29 at 8:30 AM

Use rising or setting pix so you have a point of reference. The moons east and west will be up and down and vice or versa. North is still same as our north. Just use full or near full moon pics. Lay a 90' grid east-west-north-south and with the right

Been Watching says ... on Friday, May 3 at 12:05 AM

The moon has definitely shifted. Earth has not. Polaris is where it should be and has not been skewed. The moon Has been thrown off kilter by this comet Isin or Isun, whatever. There is definitely a reason NASA has stopped talking about it. END

Erika says ... on Sunday, Apr 7 at 7:34 AM

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. I have been puling up things all morning on the web trying to figure out if the moon's face has changed. I don't see the face in the moon anymore.

Cral says ... on Wednesday, Mar 27 at 12:06 AM

Well, it's Mar. 2013 and the full moon that just arose has Tycho at the 3:00 position--way off from its 6:35 position. I didn't just get off the turnip truck; I've been looking at the moon for 60 years! The "Man in the Moon's" face is different!

angela says ... on Friday, Mar 8 at 3:56 PM

and why is the moon rising in the west and setting in the east now yet i can find nothing online about it as if it's always risen in the west and set in the east

Cral says ... on Tuesday, Jan 29 at 5:20 PM

I'm 60-years-old and I have NEVER seen the moon look like this. Two weeks into this new year, 2013, the moon is exhibiting a crescent--on the bottom! What? Libration cannot explain this because this is way more than 7 degrees, more like 40 degrees!

me says ... on Monday, Jan 21 at 7:05 PM

any scientist out there

What? says ... on Thursday, Jan 17 at 7:53 AM

Ask the conspiracy theorists....the moon isn't even really there, it is an electronic projection made by the government to justify space exploration.

Pat says ... on Sunday, Dec 30 at 5:42 AM

Book of Enoch – “In those days, Noah saw that the earth became inclined, and that destruction approached.” According to the Book of Enoch, just before the flood of Noah, this planet earth tilted on its axis or as the text says, it “became inclined

Chris the physicicst says ... on Thursday, Dec 27 at 3:14 PM


Tom says ... on Wednesday, Dec 26 at 2:00 PM

No, the moon did not shift. This probably isn't even a result of lunar libration. As someone above said, field rotation. Take a picture of a full moon as it rises, and another of the full moon just as it sets. It will appear ~180 degrees rotated.

jason1068 says ... on Friday, Dec 21 at 1:52 PM

This is what the Myans predicted...

Anonymous says ... on Friday, Dec 21 at 12:06 AM

It's more likely that the moons tilt just changed due to the either the summer solstice or the Autumn equinox.

strandediniowa says ... on Saturday, Dec 8 at 4:34 PM

At nasa astronomy pic of the day it show 2 full moons, in may the moon was close, in november it was as far as it gets.

Johnny Q Public says ... on Friday, Dec 7 at 10:00 AM

It's Bush's fault.

Pierre says ... on Thursday, Dec 6 at 12:36 PM

Its because the moon is made of cheese! After time the cheese rots and the moon shifts! Now go to bed an forgetaboudit!

johnny says ... on Tuesday, Dec 4 at 10:07 AM

The moon hasn't moved or changed. Every body go back to work.

had2comment says ... on Monday, Dec 3 at 6:54 PM

Temple got it right.....the moon shifts (or tilts) on its axis while it orbits, not by much, but u can see it with ur eye. Also, the moon is slowly floating further and further from the earth.. almost an inch a year, but thats not very much.

i know this says ... on Monday, Dec 3 at 3:49 PM

the moon is hollow, they kicked us off when we went there. thats why we havent gone back, they are mining the craters and living under its surface for protection.

Renee Vargas says ... on Friday, Nov 30 at 12:55 AM

I am a photographer...love moon shots...but I noticed in comparing 3 photos the follosing: 7/07 tycho in 5:30pm position... 11/29/12 5:50 am, Tycho at 5:50 am Tycho in 9pm position at 9:31 pm same day at 4pm position... Interesting.

observant says ... on Thursday, Nov 1 at 6:17 PM

The sun - moon plane has not changed, it is just our position that has changed, ie. the earth. See Isaiah 24:20.

BethBreeze says ... on Thursday, Nov 1 at 6:49 AM

The crater Tycho is on top this morning. YES the moon has not only shifted BUT is moving as turning a dial. A large mass object beyond Pluto? Something is causing this. Hmmm

Amateur Astronomer says ... on Tuesday, Oct 23 at 11:28 PM

This isn't due to libration. It is due to field rotation. Planets, constellations & the Moon seem to tilt as they move across the sky. Astro-photographers have to adjust for it when they take long exposures.

crazy women says ... on Thursday, Oct 11 at 8:50 AM

Wow a blue moon would be nice to see. Just think how pretty it would be :)

Carl Heiar says ... on Sunday, Sep 16 at 9:28 AM

I think its because of 9-11

themanningsjdsjjj says ... on Saturday, Sep 1 at 12:22 PM

I may have stumbled onto this webpage a bit late, but I want to share a verse by the Prophet Enoch about the moon: 79:6 The moon shall change its laws, and not be seen at its proper period. The verse or 2 before this talks of drought/crop failure

Dionysis says ... on Monday, Aug 13 at 12:20 PM

Cornel University recently published a report that effectively states the moon's "orbit is wrong" which cannot be explained by conventional reasons; they posit an "unknown" celestial body, beyond Pluto. Look it up.

Mars Masters says ... on Saturday, Jul 14 at 5:01 AM

Boris-yes Natasha. Lunar Libration?I rather doubt it.But that was then,and this IS NOW!Six months later,the shrinking crescentshows night after night a dark shadow-or perhaps no matter there at all-where the bottom point of crescent should be

Temple says ... on Wednesday, May 23 at 9:30 AM

It does shift, its called Lunar Libration. The moon is tilted on its axis (about 8 degrees) and so is the Earth (23.5 degrees) so we see it at different angles at different times of the year

Buck Nasty says ... on Thursday, May 3 at 12:42 AM

The moon is not shifting. The Earth wobbles on its axis, and true north can shift by several degrees daily. Combine this with the normal summer/winter tilting the Earth does, and that would account for the variations in your photographs.

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 6:56 PM

Very nice Shot. Which lense did you use? Did you use Tripod?

LUNAcy says ... on Tuesday, Mar 20 at 7:50 AM

It's Nibiru! This end-of-times planet is getting close enough to spin the moon around!!! Things are going to get worse before December 21st! This is only the beginning!!! Aaaaaaaah!!! Seriously, I think stubbyweb nailed it

proudstar52627 says ... on Wednesday, Mar 14 at 7:19 AM

is it the moon shifting or is the earth shifting who knows becouse if the polar ice caps melting then we must be shifting not the moon

stubbywebb says ... on Friday, Jan 20 at 2:36 PM

I think that if you look at how the earth tilts on its axis... and the seasonal differences.. you will realize this is probably most normal. We don't always see things the same all year around. but nice pictures!

Norma says ... on Thursday, Jan 19 at 1:30 PM

@RedlisterRimmer... Thanks. I did some more research on the subject. Very interesting. I wonder how quickly those irregular motions occur. The moon looked normal to me a few days before it was a full moon. I will post the shots that I took.

RedlisterRimmer says ... on Thursday, Jan 19 at 1:00 PM

Librations are irregular motions of the Moon in its elliptical orbit around the Earth. They are measured using longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates. Both are computed from a central point that is at a fixed geographical location on surface

Norma says ... on Monday, Jan 16 at 6:05 PM

@ Gone to Plaid...thanks for that! I have never heard of Lunar Libration. I will be doing a bit of research on that topic.

GoneToPlaid says ... on Monday, Jan 16 at 5:04 PM

The reason why the moon and those two craters appear to be shifted is due to lunar libration which allows us earthlings to see more than 50% of the moon's surface.

Norma says ... on Monday, Jan 16 at 5:02 PM

@Moon Watcher I used a Canon SX30 IS and one picture was taken with a Canon Power Shot 20X optical zoom. Thanks for your comment!

Norma/just looking says ... on Monday, Jan 16 at 4:26 PM

Please do not use my username to enter your comments. Thank you. I would like any insight as to why the moon does this sometimes. I just discoverd this is not a first as I once thought. from the author of this article Norma

Moon Watcher says ... on Monday, Jan 16 at 4:25 PM

Nice pics, what hardware you using?

Just Looking 2 says ... on Monday, Jan 16 at 3:23 PM

Blue Moon :{)

Just Looking 2 says ... on Monday, Jan 16 at 3:18 PM

I like your Moon ;{)

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