Photo of snowy Sussex woodland trail Photo of snowy Sussex woodland trail

Which Way Are We Looking?

Which direction are we looking in this picture? North, East, South or West?

There are many clues.


Spoiler Alert, here comes the answer…



West. Or WSW for the keen.

There are direction clues in the crescent moon, the stars, the sun and the trees.

The photo of the moon isn’t great, but if you look closely, you’ll notice that there is a very bright crescent with a fairly bright rest of circle. This is ‘earthshine’, the sun’s light reflected off the Earth, then off the moon back to us. The light has to pass through our atmosphere three times for this effect – it is a sign of very dry air and a good weather forecast.