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We are upside down

The night sky in the Souther Hemisphere seems upside down and mirrored compared to the North. The moon is shown below from Auckland 36 degrees south and Malaga 36 degrees north. Both photos I caught on camera and they have not been fiddled with apart from reducing the file size. Just by luck both photos were taken at similar phases in the moon's cycle, but the sun travels from left to right across the moon in the southern hemisphere and from right to left in the North.

Auckland Moon
Malaga Moon

Southern Hemisphere general information (Wikipedia)

In the southern hemisphere the sun passes from east to west through the north, although north of the Tropic of Capricorn the mean sun can be directly overhead or due south at midday. The sun rotating through the north causes an apparent right-left trajectory through the sky unlike the left-right motion of the sun when seen from the northern hemisphere as it passes through the southern sky. Sun-cast shadows turn anticlockwise through the day and sundials have the hours increasing in the anticlockwise direction. Hurricanes and tropical storms spin clockwise in the southern hemisphere (as opposed to anticlockwise in the Northern Hemisphere) due to the Coriolis effect.

The southern temperate zone, a subsection of the southern hemisphere, is nearly all oceanic. The only countries that lie entirely within this zone are Uruguay, Lesotho, Swaziland and New Zealand. Countries lying partly in the zone are Chile (most of), Argentina (most of), Paraguay, Brazil, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa (most of), Mozambique, Madagascar and Australia (most of).

The South Pole is oriented towards the galactic centre and this, combined with clearer skies, makes for excellent viewing of the night sky from the southern hemisphere with brighter and more numerous stars.

Things to look out for in the Southern Hemisphere sky (Care of Skywatch)

6 January 2013; Occultation of Spica

7 January 2013; Moon Near Saturn

10-11 January 2013; Moon Near Venus

13 January 2013; Moon Near Mars

22 January 2013; Moon Near Jupiter

3 February 2013; Moon near Saturn

9-28 February 2013; Comet PanSTARRS visible in evening twilight

9 February 2013; Venus near moon in morning twilight

18 February 2013; Occultation of Jupiter

1-14 March 2013; Comet PanSTARRS visible in evening twilight

2 March 2013; Moon close to Saturn

11 March 2013; Moon close to Mercuy

18 March 2013; Moon close to Jupiter

29 March 2013; Moon close to Saturn

8 April 2013, Moon close to Mercuury

14 April 2013, Moon close to Jupiter

26 April 2013, Partial Lunar Eclipse

28 April 2013, Saturn at opposition

5 May 2013 Eta Aquarid meter shower.

10 May 2013;Annular eclipse of the Sun

23 May 2013, Moon and Saturn close.

26 May 2013, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter close together.

29 May 2013, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter close together.

7 June 2013, Crescent Moon and Mars close together.

10 June 2013, Crescent Moon, Venus and Mercury close together.

19 June 2013, Moon and Saturn close.

21 June 2013, Mercury and Venus close.

30 June 2013, “Blue” first quarter Moon.

6 July 2013, Crescent Moon and Mars close.

7 July 2013, Crescent Moon and Jupiter close.

10 July 2013, Venus and crescent Moon close.

17 July 2013, Saturn and Moon close.

22 July 2013, Evening, Venus and Regulus closee.

22 July 2013, Morning, Mars and Jupiter close.

4 August 2013, Jupiter and thin crescent Moon close.

5 August 2013, Mars, Mercury and thin crescent Moon close.

10 August 2013, Venus and crescent Moon close.

13 August 2013, Staurn and Moon close.

1 September 2013, Crescent Moon close to Jupiter.

2 September 2013, Crescent Moon close to Mars.

6 September 2013, Crescent Moon close to Mercury.

6 September 2013, Venus and Spica close.

8 September 2013, Crescent Moon close to Venus.

25 September 2013, Mercury and Spica close.

1 October 2013, Crescent Moon and Mars close.

7 October 2013, Mercury, Saturn and Crescent Moon close.

8 October 2013, Venus close to crescent Moon.

16 October 2013, Mars close to Regulus.

17 October 2013, Venus close to Antares.

21 October 2013, Orionid meteor shower.

22 October 2013, Orionid meteor shower.

26 October 2013, Jupiter close to Moon.

7 November 2013, Crescent Moon close to Venus.

10-20 November 2013, Venus crosses Sagittarius.

17 November 2013, Leonid Meteor Shower.

22 November 2013, Moon close to Jupiter.

26 November 2013, Saturn and Mercury close.

28 November 2013, Crescent Moon close to Mars.

1 December 2013, Crescent Moon close to Saturn.

2 December 2013, Crescent Moon close to Mercury.

6 December 2013, Crescent Moon close to Venus.

13 December 2013, Geminid Meteor shower.

26 December 2013, Mars and Moon close.

29 December 2013, Saturn and Crescent Moon close.

http://home.mira.net/~reynella/skywatch/ssky.htm#update

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