SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, March 26, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — There was a bit of eye candy in the sky Friday night.
Gephardt Daily photojournalist Monico Garza caught these images of the waxing gibbous moon about 8 p.m.
According to NASA, the Waxing Gibbous phase takes place between a half moon and the full moon phase.
Earthlings enjoy a slightly different view of the moon every night with eight distinct phases over a period of 27 days.
For those who slept, or perhaps day-dreamed their way through basic astronomy classes, the phases of the moon are as follows:
New Moon: Lunar surface not visible.
Waxing Crescent Moon: Seen across the Northern Hemisphere, the waxing crescent moon appears as a thin crescent of light on the right side of the lunar surface.
First Quarter Moon: The first quarter moon is exactly that – with 25% of the moon surface of the of the Earth’s lone lunar companion being illuminated.
Waxing Gibbous Moon: (See above)
Full Moon: The entire Earth-facing lunar surface is illuminated
Waning Gibbous Moon: The waning gibbous phase occurs between full moon and the half moon phase.
Third Quarter Moon: The third quarter moon illuminates the opposite quarter of the moon only on the opposite side of the lunar seen in the first quarter moon phase.
Waning Crescent Moon: The waning crescent moon is seen across the Northern Hemisphere and appears as a thin crescent of light on the left side of the lunar surface.
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