Please note that photos included in this June, 2013 Daily Mail article show the face of the Full Moon rotating greater than 7.7 Degrees. A part of the face points to 7 o'clock over NYC and then to 4 o'clock over NJ, virtually at the same location. This is a 90% turn presumably during the same time period!

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Comment by Janis Langdon on February 24, 2012 at 7:12am does show tonight's moon with its "creepy smile."  Is it just supposed to be that way?  I check  that site regularly, and they don't always show "how it's supposed to be" with how it really is.

Comment by Corey Young on February 24, 2012 at 2:55am
Once again tonight in Calgary, just a sliver of the moon showing itself like some sort of creepy smile on a dark sky. Definitely should not be like that (just a sliver of a moon illuminated from the bottom).
Comment by Eleanor Hjemmet on January 31, 2012 at 2:29pm

It's been in the boat mode as it lowers every night for... several days, a week?  You are right,  Rae Ann, pretty often.

Comment by Eleanor Hjemmet on January 28, 2012 at 7:59am

Boat moon again tonight 1/27/12 in east TN mountains.

Comment by Jim H. on January 21, 2012 at 5:47am


On December 28, 2011 I flew to Los Angeles, California.

I was on the second floor of the Super 8 hotel next to LAX when I took these photos of the moon.





Comment by Caryn D on January 2, 2012 at 4:04am

I've seen the boat moon for the last several nights, too, from Cincinnati and Toledo, Ohio. Last night< New Years Eve, it sunk quickly, too, we thought. A wild end to 2011 and start to 2012! How many people noticed, I wonder...

Comment by Eleanor Hjemmet on December 30, 2011 at 4:24am

Tonight at 7 pm on my way to banjo class the moon was a sliver illuminated from the side.  I left class around 9:30 and it is a "boat moon" again, illuminated from the bottom.  Wobble, eh?

Comment by Eleanor Hjemmet on December 29, 2011 at 3:19am

Tonight we have the "Boat Moon" again, Weds. Dec. 28th.  Very much like the picture TW posts above.  Moon is illuminated from below.

Comment by Eleanor Hjemmet on November 19, 2011 at 7:06pm


Last night I saw a “Boat Moon” (moon illuminated from the bottom) in western NC and east TN. I took pics with my cell phone camera at 12:51 and 1:24. Unfortunately, I've yet to figure out how to send to my computer by email so I can post it because I have no cell reception here at home! I have seen a smiley face moon on at least four occasions that I recall and noted. Dec. 2010 and also a March and May sighting (I believe I posted those dates). Wikipedia says a “Boat Moon” is only seen around the equator region. Cornell's “Ask an Astronomer” webpage says the winter path of the moon will create a “boat moon” illumination because of the tilt of the earth's axis in the moon's “winter path” Obviously neither of these explanations tells us the real reason we could see a boat moon or smiley face in MAY... unless there is a tilt going on. Also, we are not officially in “winter” for this sighting last night. Plus the post below say's we'd only see that illumination shortly after sunset. Well, 11/18 was dark by 6pm or so, and I photographed the boat moon at 12:51 and 1:24 am. Could ONLY be a wobble, methinks!


From Frederick Laguitan's post below: Moon-Venus alignment forms 'smiley face'
Posted at 05/17/2010 11:05 AM | Updated as of 05/17/2010 11:37 AM


Moon-Venus alignment forms 'smiley face'
Posted at 05/17/2010 11:05 AM | Updated as of 05/17/2010 11:37 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Stargazers were treated to a rare celestial show on Sunday evening as the planet Venus aligned with a crescent moon, forming what online users described as a "smiley face."

The rare phenomenon, called an occultation, happened because the crescent Moon was poised directly between Venus and the Earth, according to a Press Trust of India news agency report.

The last time this took place in Asia was in June 2007, and the next one will reportedly be on June 30, 2011.

The sky show was observed in parts of Southeast Asia a few hours after local sunset.

Larry Sessions of, a forum and blogging community for scientists and science enthusiasts, said it is "not unusual for the moon to appear to pass close to Venus" since this happens about once a month.

However, the occurrence seen on May 16 (Sunday) is said to be rare because these events "are only visible in the evening sky half the time and then only for a short period after sunset."

"The apparent closeness varies from month to month as well," Sessions stated. He said North Americans will not experience an occultation of Venus until August 13, 2012.

Comment by KM on November 13, 2011 at 10:19pm

On Thursday last week, the moon came up in the NNE at 8pm  and traveled East by 10pm then moved to the SW and set in the SW at around 5am.  The moon had traveled in an L shape.

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