Why can I see the Moon stand still in the sky if it orbits the Earth at a speed of 2,288 miles per hour?

You think that’s fast? Think again. At it’s orbital distance, as you know by watching the moon itself, it takes about 28 days to orbit the earth.

Very roughly speaking, the moon rises about an hour later each day.

That’s why you can still see it.

But you don’t believe this answer because you think the earth is flat.

Partial lunar eclipse
I took this photo from the street in front of my house in Amarillo, Texas, during a partial lunar eclipse. You can see the upper left corner of the moon is darker. The green light in the foreground is a streetlight on Pagoda Drive, Amarillo.

Author: Wayne Boyd

Wayne Edward Boyd was born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1953. He is a published author, former ISKCON sannyasi, and traveler, having lived on 3 continents and visited 37 countries. He presently lives in Amarillo, Texas working as a correctional officer and has interests in photography, political science and astronomy.

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