|Does the moon rotates South to North or North to
|Question Date: 2016-09-28|
The moon rotates about its axis in the same
direction as the Earth. If you are standing in
the northern hemisphere (like Santa Barbara, or
the North Pole), the Earth is rotating to the
left. This means that it is rotating
counterclockwise or from West to East.
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The moon rotates about the Earth from East to
West, like the Sun. The moon’s orbit is a bit
tilted, so in reality it rises slightly
North/South of the East and sets lightly
North/South of the West, depending on where it is
in its cycle.
The moon actually rotates counterclockwise around
the Earth. This means that if you were to stand at
the North Pole on Earth and look at the moon, it
would be rotating from west to east! The Earth
and moon actually rotate in the same
direction. As the moon completes its rotation
about the earth in 27.5 days, it also completes
one single rotation around its own axis.
Because the moon rotates around its own axis,
while also rotating around the earth, we only ever
see one side of the moon, which is called the
near side of the moon.
The moon rotates from west to east, the same as
anything else (this is what east, west, north, and
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