Moon Above Tree Tops
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Did Primitve peoples have any kind of beliefs or superstitions about this event if they ever saw one?
The trees would have been smaller back then. But then, the moon probably was too.
I don't know of any specific myths/beliefs about the Moon in the trees. Ancient peoples did pay a lot of attention to the phases of the moon, going back very far in human history (see The Roots of Civilization). You may have noticed that the moon goes through its phases about once a month, therefore a lot of ancient civilizations utilized a lunar calendar.
I hope this explanation suffices until a real astronomer shows up.
Ok, so just so I have this - a waxing moon sets later and later achieving its latest setting when it is full and a waning moon sets earlier and earlier achieving its earliest setting when it is only a sliver. Yes?
A waning moon rises after sunset.
To clarify something that lorax said in #8 -- Thus, when the moon is opposite the sun in the sky as seen from Earth, it is full -- we are seeing the full lighted side of the moon. ...
Simply because conditions happen to be this way - the Moon spins on its axis in more or less the same rate as the Moon orbits the Earth. As a result, from Earth, mankind has never seen more than 52% of the Moon's surface - there's a little bit of 'wobble'.
So, during ~any~ phase of the Moon, half of the surface is lit. The Far Side of the Moon spends as much time in daylight (over the span of a complete Lunar Cycle - roughly 29.5 Earth days) as the side we are familiar with. lorax would been more succinct to state that (at the time of the Full Moon) the half of the Moon that we can see is fully illuminated.
The reason the Moon appears larger when it is nearer the the horizon has less to do with points of reference than it does, a) atmospheric density, and b) human physiology. When you look at the Moon at its zenith (directly above you), there is MUCH less atmosphere between you and it - just a couple of miles of it. When you look towards the horizon, you're looking through thousands of miles of atmosphere. The result is much more diffraction plus a lot of dust and aberration, which gives it a soft, reddish (or orangish), slightly out-of-focus, romantic look to the Moon. The physiology part has to do with the fact that your eye muscles get strained the more you tilt your head up. If you were to be suspended in a spherical room (say, 40 feet in diameter) with your head in the center, and every 2 feet along a north-south axis there were 1 foot circles painted on it, as you look from the horizon to zenith, they would seem to get smaller.