I thought I was a lunatic….

Lunatic or Lunaticious?

As a big fan of the moon, I thought I was considered a lunatic but I guess not. According to Wikipedia (an interesting reference source):
Lunatic is an antiquated term referring to a person who is considered as mentally ill, dangerous, foolish, unpredictable, or crazy—conditions once attributed to lunacy. The word derives from lunaticus meaning “of the moon” or “moonstruck”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunatic

So, does this mean I’m Lunaticious?

Here are a couple of questions I finally (at 66 years old!) decided to research:

1) How can you tell if the moon is waxing (getting ‘bigger’) or waning (brightness decreasing):
In the Northern Hemisphere, if the left (east) side of the Moon is dark, then the bright part is thickening, and the Moon is described as waxing (shifting toward full moon). If the right (west) side of the Moon is dark, then the bright part is thinning, and the Moon is described as waning (past full and shifting toward new moon). Assuming that the viewer is in the Northern Hemisphere, the right side of the Moon is the part that is always waxing. (That is, if the right side is dark, the Moon is becoming darker; if the right side is lit, the Moon is getting brighter.)


2) Why does it look like the crescent is either filling up or emptying?
The lunar crescent can open upward or downward, with the “horns” of the crescent pointing up or down, respectively. When the Sun appears above the Moon in the sky, the crescent opens downward; when the Moon is above the Sun, the crescent opens upward.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_phase

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Dani Haviland

About Dani Haviland

Dani Haviland, formerly of Connecticut, Arizona, and Alaska, recently semi-retired from selling tractor parts, tools, and roses. She moved to a more temperate climate in western Oregon to pursue her passions: writing, gardening, and photography.  View website

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