Hey! Is that a bulging wallet in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
I don’t mean to embarrass you! I’m sure it’s both.
The last time we met— I proved that the constellations don’t have a cosmic price-tag: time, dedication, and consistency is all that’s needed—to learn about celestial characters of ancient lore. No bankrupting equipment required!
There’s a world floating in the sky—a gray place full of apocalyptic craters—glowing among the fireflies of the night. Perhaps you have seen it? I’m talking about a catastrophic world, which is riddled with horrific mountains and frozen seas of lava.
I’m talking about: The Moon.
Quite possibly the easiest of allllllllll celestial wonders to locate, the Moon takes up residency in the sky, and is
unlikely impossible not to see. Do you remember the first time you seen the Moon? Exactly! The Moon has always been here, as far as you’re concerned.
**Here’s a quick list of some free lunar activities**
Moon Cycle Observing
Day Moon Spotting
Lunar Eclipse Party
Observing Peculiar Lunar Atmospheric Phenomenon
Simply Looking At It
You have seen the Moon, right? Okay, okay, but have you seen every single phase?
I’m not talkin’ about some trendy full Moon—I’m talkin’ about every. Single. Phase. Get it? Waxing crescents, waning crescents, those wacky gibbous phases, and everything in between. Have you seen all that? When is the last time you seen a last quarter Moon? Don’t lie!
Speaking of lunar phases: did you know the moon can rise during the day? It’s true! Some people believe the Moon can only “come out” once the sun “goes to sleep”. Congratulations! You are no longer one of those people.
Day moon spotting is a favorite sport of mine! Don’t believe me? Check this out:
I have plenty of images, but one is enough to prove my point: the Moon can rise during the day. Not only that, but with some minimal practice, you can learn to find the Moon during the day. It’s not difficult, mysterious, headache inducing, or too much of a pain in the ass.
And, guess what? It’s free! Find out when the Moon will rise—here.
Day moon hunting is a rewarding experience, which challenges EVERYTHING you think you know about our ruinous next door neighbor. A seasoned day moon hunter only needs to know the lunar phase and they’ll be able to predict (with great accuracy) where the Moon will be, in relation to the sun. Simple. Easy. Piece of cake. You can do this. So just do it.
Keep this in mind:
Make Sure The Moon isn’t Lost In The Sun’s Glare
Make Sure The Moon Has Risen Above Your Horizon
Make Sure The Moon Is Not Obscured (Clouds, Trees, Buildings…)
A waxing gibbous Moon, for example, is substantially away from the Sun, which makes it more visually apparent, and easier to locate. I recommend starting with a waxing / waning gibbous phase. You can see a crescent Moon during the day, but it will be pretty damn close to the Sun, and sets relatively early.
That’s all there is to it! As long as the Moon has risen and it’s not lost within the Sun’s glare—you’ll be able to easily find the Moon during the day.
What? You never seen a lunar corona? What about a Moon halo? No? Depending on the state of the weather—odd spherical halos of light might accompany the Moon. Mysterious. Unpredictable.
Speaking of atmospheric light shows: have you ever seen Earthshine? It’s one of those things you probably seen, but haven’t gave it much thought. Until now. Sometimes, if the weather is just right, and if your local atmosphere isn’t clogged with too many pollutants…you may see Earthshine.
Let’s have a look, shall we? Under shitty conditions—the standard crescent moon looks a little something like this:
If conditions are right—a shadowy light can be seen within the normally dark portion of the lunar surface—that’s the mystical Earthshine. I can’t tell you exactly when Earthshine can be visible, because it’s dependent on local weather conditions and seeing.
You will have to keep your eye on the sky and scrutinize every waxing / waning crescent moon! Eventually—Earthshine will come out and play. Be ready!
See? I wasn’t lying! We sifted through some stars, scoured the constellations and gawked at the moon—all without cracking up your wallet, purse, or whatever the hell else one can possibly hoard money in.
People often overlook the moon and disregard its potential. No one has meandered upon its surface since 1972, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look upon its surface and mentally resurrect dead possibilities.
You know what? That doesn’t cost a damn thing.