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Posted by Bill Given on August 7, 2004 18:03:17 UTC

I am new here and have a dumb question.

An observer, standing on Earth looks up 49 degrees elevation to the East and sees the bright Sun. Then looks West at 49 degrees elevation and sees a partial Moon.

I don't understand why the Moon is partial and not full. There is nothing in the way of the sun light reaching the Moon.

Thanks for your help.

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