This morning while I was waiting for the car to warm up, I looked up to see in which phase Luna is in the twilight sky. Jupiter and the waning crescent Moon were close together. I ran inside, got my camera and captured a photo, before I drove Sara to school.
The Waning Gibbous Perigee Moon looks very beautiful in the background of our Christmas lit house. I captured some photos, before the Moon was too high in the sky.
UPDATE: Ha! About an hour after I took these photos, the clouds rolled in with thunder and lightning. What a lucky moment I went outside and saw the Moon, in time.
Technically the Moon won’t be full until 9:47 CST, tomorrow morning. But by that time Luna has set and won’t be visible for us in Texas.
It also will be a Supermoon (Lunar perigee) in the early morning hours of Monday, December 4. The distance between Earth and Moon will be 222135 miles (357,492 km), compared to the Lunar apogee distance of 252526 miles (406,401 km) in June 2017. This explains why the Moon looks so much bigger, when it rises in the December sky this year.
The December Full Moon before Yule (Winter Solstice) is also called Full Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon, because Winter sets in and the nights never seem to end.
Tonight, I had to wait a little bit before I could capture the Moon. It was clear, first. But then I waited to long. And the sky was covered with some clouds, preventing me from capturing photos of Luna. So, I waited another half an hour and the sky was clear again. 😀
Tonight’s Waxing Crescent Moon is hiding behind the clouds, plays “peek-a-boo” and covers in some haze. And a little bit later, the sky is clear.