Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Dark Side of the Moon ...

150° southeast ...

The phases of our Moon are dependant upon its position in relation to the Sun and Earth. As the Moon travels around the Earth we see the illuminated (sunlit) hemisphere of the Moon's surface at different angles. It is the revolution of the Moon around the Earth that makes the Moon appear as if it is changing shape in the sky. From Earth we see the Moon grow from a thin crescent to a full disk and then shrink back to a thin crescent before vanishing for a few days. These are called the 'phases' of the Moon. The following image, taken at 6.30am this morning, shows the Moon in its Waning (old) Crescent phase (11% of Full) with the planet Venus, the brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon, clearly visible as a bright light.

I must get up early tomorrow ...


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