Astronomy/the moon laying on its back
hello, May i ask why the sight of the moon ''laying on its back'' is much less common that seeing it from right to left. Thank you
The moon looks like it is lying on its back when it sets about an hour or two after sunset. That's when the light of the sun illuminates only the crescent moon. That only happens about two days a month, just before sunset.
The rest of the time, the illumination of the moon slowly cycles thought from crescent to full and back. That not only last for more than 20 days, but the moon also sets later each night, so it is easier to see!
Hope that helps.