One of the most wonderful Sydney experiences

The Harbour Bridge & North Sydney

Q. I have heard that sometimes when there is a full moon one can sit at McMahons point and watch it rise under the Harbour Bridge. I was told it is one of the most wonderful Sydney experiences. Is this the case and how often/when does it happen?

A. Yes it can happen. Measuring from a street directory the viewing angle under the Harbour Bridge from McMahons Point ranges from 104° degrees east of true north to 140°. The furthest east the moon can rise ranges from 112° to 125° east of true north. The moon cycles between these maximum values over a period of 18 years.

Over the next 12 months the rise direction of the full moon fits within the viewing angle from McMahons Point on the following dates:

Wednesday 9 August 2006 at 5:01 pm (direction 114° east of true north)
Wednesday 2 May 2007 at 4:48 pm (direction 113° east of true north)
Friday 1 June 2007 at 4:41 pm (direction 123° east of true north)
Saturday 30 June 2007 at 4:21 pm (direction 124° east of true north)
Monday 30 July 2007 at 5:23 pm (direction 114° east of true north)

The above night time picture of North Sydney has the Harbour Bridge on the right while McMahons Point is out of the picture towards the left. If anyone manages to take a picture of the rising moon on 9 August or one of dates listed for 2007, let us know and we will replace the picture above.

One response to “One of the most wonderful Sydney experiences

  • While looking in the night sky over the harbour from Manly last night (Friday Aug 11, 2006)I was very surprised to see a quite amazing bright purple “thing” in the sky. It was considerable in size when compared with the boats underneath it. While it had a purple glow, it had lights that changed colours on its underside. It looked like someone had built something that everyone could identify (or not!) as a UFO. It moved very slowly across the night sky from west to east. I have seen nought about my sighting on television or on this site. Am I alone??

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