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Saturday, January 7, 2012
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
The moon was 99% full last night. It was a Waxing Gibbous Moon. The moon is considered to be waxing if it is growing or heading towards being a full moon. A waning moon is one that is one that is becoming less full after it has passed the full moon phase.
Look up at the moon with your arms outstretched in front of you. Use your whole left hand to make the letter "C" out in front of you. Do the same with your right hand and make a backwards or reversed letter "C" and hold both hands up to the moon. If the lighted side of the moon can be cupped in your right hand it is a waxing moon. If the lighted side can be cupped in your left hand it is a waning moon. A pretty easy way to tell if it is waxing or waning.
The phases of the moon are as follows.
New Moon - The Moon is not visible as it isn't lit up by direct sunlight.
Waxing Crescent - The Moon is less than one-half lit up by the sun. The fraction of the Moon lit up by the sun is increasing towards a full moon.
First Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be lit up by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is lit up by the sun is growing towards a full moon.
Waxing Gibbous - A Gibbous moon is the name give to the moon when it is between half full and full. Growing towards being a full moon.
Full Moon The Moon is completely illuminated by direct sunlight.
Waning Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully lit up by sunlight by direct sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is lit up is getting smaller.
Last Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be lit up by the sun sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is getting smaller.
Waning Crescent - The Moon appears to be less than one-half lit up by sunlight. The fraction of the Moon's disk that is lit up is getting smaller.
Well there you haveit. Go outside tonight and take a look at the moon.
God's love to all,
Posted by Christhephotog at 10:37 PM
Labels: astronomy, Canon 50D, full moon, gibbous, night photography, waning moon, waxing moon
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