Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sky Watch Friday: Waxing Gibbous Moon

76% of full taken on Wednesday night, 14 May 2008

I suffered black fly bites for this shot! This month's full moon will be on Tuesday, May 20th, 2:13 GMT. It will be a Full Flower Moon: "In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time. Thus, the name of this Moon. Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon." (from Farmer's Almanac: Full Moon Names and Their Meanings) There's no telling if the skies will be good on that night, so I take 'em when I get 'em. I love the color of the sky and the slight mist from the bog as it rose to the moon. When clicked, this photo will open, full size, in a new window.

From Earth & Sky:
A waxing gibbous moon appears high in the east at sunset. It’s nearly, but not quite, a full moon . . . appearing more than half lighted but less than full. This moon phase comes between one and two weeks after new moon.
The moon has moved in its orbit so that it’s now relatively far from the sun in our sky. A waxing gibbous moon rises during the hours between noon and sunset. It sets in the wee hours after midnight. People sometimes see a waxing gibbous moon in the afternoon, shortly after moonrise, while it’s ascending in the east as the sun is descending in the west. It’s easy to see a waxing gibbous moon in the daytime because, at this phase of the moon, a large fraction of the moon’s day side is facing our way. Thus a waxing gibbous moon is more noticeable in the sky than a crescent moon, with only a slim fraction of the lunar day side visible. Also, a waxing gibbous moon is far from the sun on the sky’s dome, so the sun’s glare isn’t hiding it from view.
The word “gibbous” comes from a root word that means “hump–backed.” You can see the hump–backed shape of the waxing gibbous moon.
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32 comments:

  1. Wow. This is really a nice moon shot.

    I also liked the post yesterday.

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  2. A really great shot of the moon. And, I appreciate the additional info. (Sorry about the black flies.)

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  3. Wow! That is a wonderful moon picture. I was reading on another bloggie friend's blog about black flies. they sound just nasty! Glad you got this great shot!

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  4. You rock. Plain and simple. You rock. I hope the bits aren't bugging you anymore, friend.

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  5. That's a really beautiful moon shot!

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  6. A beautiful moon-tastic shot... and great commentry as well.. I love the names the moon gets given.. in times of old it must have held great power over man.. can you imagine the different things that must have stared at it over the years.. Creatures now long gone and only found in fossels.. see your pictures as started me off now :O)

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  7. The fly bites were worth it! this is an awesome shot! Thanks for the info on the phases of the moon...interesting to read.
    Mine is here.

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  8. This is a gorgeous shot!! Wow!

    Black flies are evil.

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  9. you so funny.. i hope that bites were not that harm, but inspite of that? you did an amazing shot...


    totally great one... keep it coming here..

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  10. very nice moon shot....not easy to capture!!

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  11. A fantastic almost full moon shot!

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  12. Very fine moon shot - excellent choice for Sky Watch!

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  13. I love the moon too. that is a great shot. MB

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  14. Beautiful moon shot! Such great detail!

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  15. Super moon shot, and info.

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  16. Awesome moon shot, Andrèe!

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  17. I can say the bites were worth it ~ wonderful photo!

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  18. That's a fantastic and beautiful image, well done.

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  19. This is a very nice moon photo! Very pretty.

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  20. Great Moon shot. I like it a lot, especially since I like astronomy.

    Good choice. I also did a moon a few Fridays ago, and will do it again in a few months.

    Thanks for the visit,
    Troy

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  21. A great shot of the moon! Beautiful :)

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  22. Wonderful moon picture..
    I am late visiting SWF participants, but we have a holiday weekend in Canada.
    Thank you for your visit.
    -Cheers.

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  23. I'm late, but haven't lost my time : Great professional work! Fortunately there's no competition, otherwise I would be out!
    Thanks for sharing picture and comment.
    Have a good Sunday!

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  24. Wow, that is gorgeous. Well done! There is something so compelling about that moon.

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  25. This is a very beautiful shot. I've never been able to get a good shot of the moon. I've got a lot to learn.

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