Making Friends with the Night Sky: The Gibbous Moon

The moon entering its gibbous or hua phase

The moon entering its gibbous or hua phase

Maui astronomer Harriet Witt describes the waxing gibbous Moon.

Listen here [3:30m]:

Download here [2.6 Mb]: ftp://space.mit.edu/pub/ajb/radiopio/astrofacts_090801_mfns-gibbousmoon.mp3

What’s the facts:

Progressing from the first quarter, the Moon enters its waxing gibbous phase, on the way to full bright moon.  The Moon is showing more of its sunny side to us on Earth, and is taking on an egg-like shape.  That’s why Hawaiians call the gibbous phase (gibbous is derived from the latin word “gibbus”, or “hump”) the “hua” or “egg” phase.

Original air date 1 August 2009.

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One response to “Making Friends with the Night Sky: The Gibbous Moon

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