moon rise on Aug. 28, 2004. Photo
by Donald Collins
The animation shows that the moon appears to rise toward the
at a slant to the horizon when viewed from the northern
hemisphere. If viewed from the earth's equator, the moon would
rise straight up, perpendicular to the horizon. From the southern
hemisphere, the moon rises in a slanted path inclined to the north.
The "star-like" object that remains stationary in the sequence is not a
star, but a defect in the camera called a "Hot pixel". If it were
a star, it would rise roughly in-step with the moon.