Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lunation 195: The 18-Day-Old Moon

A beautiful, clear morning! Venus, Jupiter and Mars continue their dance in the east before dawn (if you haven't checked it out recently--or at all--then I strongly recommend you take your first cuppa out to the garden tomorrow!) and the waning Gibbous Moon lies between the brow of Orion and the feet of Gemini. Outstanding!

Luna at 18-days-old is clearly more dim than at the glorious 14-day point, but also more resolved; details that were lost in the glare of the Full Moon are emerging as the changing angle of sunlight on the Lunar surface creates deep shadows to accentuate craters and mountains. This trend will continue, becoming most obvious around Last Quarter phase (3rd Nov.), then decreasing as our Moon approaches New.

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