Four Lunar Nights in Texas

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of the moon. I don’t need to give a special name to any phase in order to make them special. They’re all special, from the tiniest sliver of a new moon right up to a full blast of lunar presence. This week, however, I watched it over a four-night period. The photos, top to bottom, are in order of the night they were taken, beginning Wednesday and concluding Saturday night. In the windmill image, the moon was in a Waxing Gibbous phase, at 91.3% visibility. The next three photos were taken Thursday night. The grain elevators are in the heart of Taylor, at Williamson County Grain. From there, I wandered to Coupland, where the moon shone brightly above St. Peter’s Church of Coupland, built in 1905 and 1906. Thursday’s phase, also Waxing Gibbous, was at 96.4% visibility. On Friday, I spent time in Rockdale, concluding my evening at the town’s newest park, Bridge Park, where two vintage bridges adorn this Milam County town. The bridge with all those wonderful lights will glow like this throughout the year, not just at Christmas. The color scheme, however, will vary. Friday’s moon phase: Waxing Gibbous, 99.2% visibility. Before moving onto the last two photos, taken Saturday night in Georgetown, I might add that actual 100% visibility was achieved before noon on this day, making it, of course, unseeable. The final two photos, with some clouds I really enjoyed seeing, picture the moon in a Waning Gibbous phase, at 99.6% visibility. Close enough for me, folks. I tossed in the last one since people seem to like closeups. Me? I like to give that disc a little space.

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