Monday, April 27, 2009
The Magic of a Crescent Moon
I went out to throw a burger on the barbeque, and while it was cooking, looked up to see this gorgeous sliver of a three-day old moon. I finished cooking my dinner, then put it on the table and let it get cold while I did this photograph. There is something magical about a thin crescent moon, it seems to me. It is usually a surprise to see it when it appears. This probably is because a full moon is in the sky for 10 for 12 hours, while a crescent moon only becomes obvious at sunset, and then sets within an hour or two, so it is visible for such a short time, compared to other phases. But there is something also magical about something so delicate and so thin. I can glance at a full moon, and then walk away. A crescent calls me to grab a telescope sometimes and to spend time studying its delicate structure.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:27 PM