27 October 2006

waxing crescent

observed this evening on my way home. in this phase, the moon closely follows the sun across the sky and sets shortly after its predecessor. the almanac says the moon tonight was 30% illuminated. i read somewhere once that there are groups of people who make a point of seeking out this moon each month when it is earlier in its waxing state - when it is 10% or even 5% illuminated - because its so hard to spot and so quick to leave the sky. i have glimpsed it, though, hanging like a thin fingernail in sunset's glow.

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