One thing I noticed almost immediately after moving to Rarotonga is that the rising and setting of the moon is totally different than what I am used to in the northern hemisphere, quite a distance from the equator.
I always think of the moon as a nighttime friend, showing up through its cycles of waxing and waning, illuminating the sky when it’s full and allowing the stars to sparkle when it’s new. Being so close to the equator here, the moon may rise in the middle of the afternoon and set in the middle of the day which really intrigues me. To see the ghostly silhouette of the moon on a bright, sunny tropical day is something I never expected and is a reminder of where we are on the globe.
Here the daily rising and setting of the moon are listed in the newspaper, good for farmers, fishers and tracking monthly cycles if you are female.
Bonus points for those of you that can see the moon in the picture above!