I have an experimental data point for the zenith angle of the moon last night.
We have a skylight in our bathroom. I was able to see the glow from right next to the moon, directly to the south, through the frosted glass. But not the moon itself, no matter where I stood. It appeared that I had lucked out and happened upon the moment when the moon was the highest in the sky. Or so I thought.
This morning I used a tape measure to measure the distance from the top of the skylight to where my head was (92 inches), and the horizontal distance that my head moved (40 inches). Assuming those form a right angle, and using the arc-tangent function on my calculator, I get a zenith angle of about 23.5 degrees.
I don’t believe it!!!! It should be less!