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Wayward Wayfinding with the Moon

I’ve been experimenting over the past few nights, as we approached the full moon, with a technique that I’ve been working on that combines two others. It is possible to find direction using the moon in a number of ways: by its shadow, by using a tangent to its crescent and by understanding its phase relationship with the sun.

A very indirect method, that I have not come across anywhere else before, is to use moonlight reflected off cloud edges to reveal the direction of the moon, then to use an understanding of its phase to determine direction. Like a lot of methods for finding your way using the moon, it sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is, but it does still come with some inbuilt errors. I will try to persevere and experiment with this method some more over the coming months and let you know how I get on. It seems to have the potential to work quite well.