Donna Danna (12 March 2011)
"WHAT IS CAUSING THE MOON TO RISE IN THE WEST INSTEAD OF THE EAST AT NIGHT??"


The moon is not supposed to rise in the west according to the bottom of the astronomy page at http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=642 but I saw the crescent moon in the western sky around 7 p.m. on 3/08, and on 3/09.  On 3/10, the sky was too cloudy to see the moon, but I looked outside around 10:05 p.m. on the night of 3/11 and the quarter moon was in the western sky.  Did something change the orbit of the moon to cause it to rise in the western sky where it's not supposed to rise?  The sun is still rising in the east and setting in the west so Earth is still orbiting around the sun counterclockwise.  (The first thought that crossed my mind was did Planet X/Nibiru's gravitational pull change the orbit of the moon if Planet X/Nibiru really exists.)  If the moon is setting in the west, does that mean that the moon is now orbiting the Earth clockwise instead of counterclockwise?
 
The above website link tells where in the sky that the sun and the moon should rise and set according to the season of the year, and for the moon it also depends on what phase that the moon is in -- new moon, 1st quarter moon or full moon or 3rd quarter moon. In the northern hemisphere where I live, the moon can rise in the southeast and set in the southwest, or it can rise in the east and set in the west, or it can rise in the northeast, and set in the northwest, but the moon is not supposed to rise in the west nor does it set in the east.  Yet it is rising in the west.
 
So in what part of the sky is the moon rising in your area?  Does anyone have an explanation as to why the moon can be seen rising in the western sky?