Waning Waxing Crescent?
When I look in the sky and see the moon bright and clear, the first thing that comes to mind is “I need to get my camera!” I think I can honestly say I’ve never spoken the words “What a beautiful waxing moon it is tonight.” That’s not to say it isn’t a beautiful waxing moon. I just have no idea what it means. Luckily for me, the Internet is at our disposal. Thanks to Moonconnection.com, I feel more educated already.
Waning Moon — The term used to describe the period of the Moon as it moves from a Full Moon to a New Moon, decreasing in visibility with respect to an Earth-bound observer.
Waxing Moon — The term used to describe the period of the Moon as it moves from a New Moon to a Full Moon, increasing in visibility with respect to an Earth-bound observer.
Crescent Moon — The famous image of the Moon frequently used in the media, consisting of only a thin crescent slice of the Moon being visible from Earth. This phase of the moon occurs just after the New Moon phase, which is also known as Dark of the Moon. There is also a Crescent Moon phase just prior to the next New Moon as well.