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An Astronomer Analyzed The Simpsons' Moon And Discovered That Springfield Might Not Be In America

It was pointing the wrong way the whole time.

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He wrote on his blog Bad Astronomy:

A scene came up that chilled me to the bone. I was so shocked that I had to rewind and watch it again, then freeze frame it to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. This is the moment that changed everything for me... The Simpsons has been lying to us.

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He analyzed the position of the moon in this scene starring SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

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In the scene, Musk gazes at the sky during dinnertime. There's just one giant problem. The crescent moon is pointing toward the right.

But this is what a crescent moon actually looks like in North America.

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Notice how it's backward. Plait writes that a waxing crescent moon faces the left in the Northern Hemisphere during the early evening.

This means that Springfield is not even in the United States, but takes place in the Southern Hemisphere where a waxing crescent moon points to the right.