Waxing

Duncan Waldron

Camira, Australia

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As an astronomer of many decades, I’m always interested in the Moon. There was even a time, in my late teens, when I seemed to keep track of time by successive lunations – “3 moons, since such-and-such happened”.

It’s so easy to be blase about this great orb that wanders periodically across our sky; it’s just part of normal life, a small, vaguely patterned disk that accompanies us – if we care to let it. It’s good then, every now and then, to pause for a moment and take a longer look at our celestial companion. It appears just like a small flat disk, but look at it again, really look, and now see it as it is – a round satellite, a quarter of a million miles away, lit by the same Sun that shines on us. Look at its shadowed side, and then imagine the Sun, off to the other side, giving it shape and form. Then do that as it passes through its phases… crescent, half, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, crescent and back to New Moon. Now you start to appreciate its true form – a rocky sphere, 2,160 miles across, revolving eternally around us.

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Taken with Canon A460, hand-held, on max telephoto setting.

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Image Copyright Duncan Waldron © 2008
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