The sleeper awakes:
The full moon hangs low in the sky,
And shines in her face.
The full moon is indeed hanging low in the northern sky at present – it is at its lowest (from the northern hemisphere) part of its irregular orbit. It’s all to do with the angle its orbit makes with our Equator, its declination. It’s not irregular, although from our point of view it oscillates between 28.5 degrees north and south of the Equator. I remembered to look this up before this post went live, and I had to hunt for it. I found it in my Oceanography text books, which surprised me. If you’re in the southern hemisphere it’s at its highest, and if you’re within 28.5 degrees of the equator, it’s furthest south! Have I put you to sleep yet?
This is my own moon photo, taken with an ordinary digital camera through the lens of the telescope my friend lent me when he was away. Such sights to be seen through it once I finally got the hang of using it! Still considering getting my own.