Week 26: At a Distance

The new winter crescent moon appeared Jan. 20, and I noticed it on Jan. 21 driving home and stopped to shoot the moon! Not great photography, but it documents this winter crescent, which my mother called a Wet Moon because it looks like it could hold in water, as opposed to when the crescent is higher up in summer and water would spill out. Here are some moon facts from Space.com: Earth’s moon is the brightest object in our night sky and the closest celestial body. Its presence and proximity play a huge role in making life possible here on Earth. The moon’s gravitational pull stabilizes Earth’s wobble on its axis, leading to a stable climate. The moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical. At perigee — its closest approach — the moon comes as close as 225,623 miles. At apogee — the farthest away it gets — the moon is 252,088 miles from Earth. On average, the distance from Earth to the moon is about 238,855 miles. However, the moon is moving away from Earth at a rate of about 1.5 inches per year.
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12 thoughts on “Week 26: At a Distance

  1. I really like the photo – a Wet Moon – what a great way of describing it! I think last night it was a slightly “dripping moon” – would that be correct I wonder? Well anyway it was perfect for the theme!

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