Keyfra kept her eye on the sky and photographed something out of this world—a waxing gibbous Moon! This catastrophic orbital body can take on a variety of forms: new phase, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, last quarter, and waning crescent.
What? Did you think the Moon was just sitting up there? Twiddling its craters? Come on. Don’t be silly.
The Moon is in a continuous free-fall around Earth, and its been whipping and swirling around for the last 4.53 billion years. The Moon’s restlessness is expressed by the phases it goes through during a full month.
Why? Because the angle between the Moon, Earth, and Sun changes during a full month—illuminating the lunar territory that happens to be facing toward the Sun.
Here’s a tiny secret: Earth’s Moon doesn’t have a permanent dark side. The far side of the moon is bathed in full sunlight every new phase (once a month), and it spends some time in the night. You know…just like the near side.
The Moon is the embodiment of what it means to be a moon, and every moon in the solar system can thank the moon for being called a moon.
(Reminder: Lunar phases are NOT caused by Earth’s shadow. Sorry.)
Thanks Keyfra! Keep your eye on the sky!
** Technical Information **
Date: April 15 2016 (9:20pm)
Lens: Canon 75-300mm
Telephoto Attachment: Allure Series 2.2x High Definition
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