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I didn't get a great photo of the Full moon (the moon of the terrible) on the 22nd, so now, as the moon becomes "less full" is it waxing or waning? Is it a "Gibbous moon" now?
Waxing: The moon approaching full. Crescent like a mirror image "C".
Waning: The moon leaving full, approaching new. Crescent like a "C"
Gibbous: during the phases between the First Quarter and the full moon, and between the full moon and the Last Quarter, when more than half of the disc is illuminated.
Now you know what waxing, waning and gibbous moons are.
So what was the moon last night, when I took the photograph above? (Click to enlarge).
A Waning (just) Gibbous (90% ish) moon.
Two days(nights) later, and the moon wanes a little more...
Photo taken at 5:30 am on 27/01/08
Still waning. Still Gibbous...
NB. Two MORE days later, and the moon looks like this.... (photo taken on 29/01/08 at 6am approx). Only just Gibbous. Only just...