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Moon from North Pole - March (MMSD)

Moon as seen from the North Pole, every day at noon, March 1-14, 2006:

Moon as seen from North Pole in March at Noon

And at the beginning of Spring, when the sun is at sunrise all of the time, the moon would be up in the sky for the 2 weeks closest to First Quarter (waxing), and then below the horizon for the next 2 weeks. The animated graphic above shows what we would see from the North Pole if we went out every day at noon, for 14 days in a row, from March 1st to March 14, 2006. We start with a thin crescent moon near the horizon, and end with a full moon near the horizon. Halfway through, the First Quarter moon would be when the moon is highest above the horizon.

Keep in mind, that if you were observing the moon constantly, throughout a 24 hour period, the moon would seem to move to the right in the sky along with the sun, stars, and planets due to the Earth's rotation. Nothing would seem to rise and set: they would just seem to circle around you.

The green line shows the orbit of the moon.
NOTE: at the North Pole, all directions would actually be South. The graphics above were created using Starry Night, which doesn't seem to allow us to turn off the compass headings.