How long does it take the moon to rise and then set?



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    It depends. The time it takes the moon to rise and set depends upon your location and time of year. This is because the moon orbits the earth about once per month. If you lived in the north or south poles, it could take months to see the moon or sun! There are different websites to look at that can help you calculate this time based on your location and time of year. is one of these sites.

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    The time that the moon rises and sets depends on the point during the lunar cycle – also called the synodic month. As the moon orbits the Earth and the Earth orbits the Sun, the distances between these cosmic bodies varies, causing the moon to rise and set and at different times. The phases of the moon are new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, third quarter and waning crescent. The rise and set time alters throughout the cycle. For example, at the full moon phase, the moon rises at 6:00 P.M. and sets and 6:00 A.M. At the quarter moon, the moon rises at noon and sets at midnight, taking 12 hours total at both times.

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