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## 'Lunar Angles' printed from http://nrich.maths.org/

The angle between two circles at the point of intersection is
the angle between the tangents to the circles at that point
contained in the overlapping area or lune. Prove that, for any two
circles, the angles at both points of intersection are equal.

Three circles intersect at the point $D$ and, in pairs, at the
points $A,\ B$ and $C$ so that the arcs $AB$, $BC$ and $CA$ form a
curvilinear triangle with interior angles $\alpha$, $\beta$ and
$\gamma$ respectively. The diagrams show two possible cases. Prove
that, for any three such circles, $\alpha + \beta + \gamma =
\pi$.

When you have done this question you might like to consider what
happens on the surface of a sphere where instead of a flat surface
(Euclidean geometry) you are working on a surface with positive
curvature (Spherical or Elliptic geometry). See the article

On the surface of a sphere the straight lines (lines of
shortest distance between points) are great circles, the angles in
a triangle add up to more than $\pi$ and the area of a triangle
depends on its angles not on the lengths of the sides.