Friday, July 18, 2014

Waxing or waning?

I see the moon, but what is it doing?  It's no longer a full moon. But it's not a new moon either. Is it waxing or is it waning?  I always have trouble remembering which one is which.

So I did some research and found this simple rhyme on the site

If you see the Moon at the end of the day
A bright Full Moon is on its way
If you see the Moon in the early dawn
Look real quick, it will soon be gone.

Well, I saw the moon at dawn during my early morning row.  So, according to the rhyme, it's a waning moon.

With this new information in mind, I've made up my own rhyme. It's a little shorter and maybe easier to remember:

Wax at night, wane by day
Until the moon wanes away

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