Saturday, December 13, 2008

Gibbous Moon

Learned a new word today. I may have heard of it before, long, long ago in high school but, it's new to me today :)

'Gibbous' Moon. Off to the dictionary. Ah ha! It means that the moon is larger than a semi-circle but not at big as a circle. Better yet is the word origin.... late Middle English: from late Latin gibbosus from latin gibbus 'hump.'

Hump! Now that I can identify with. To me, the day before a full Moon, the lower left side of it looks like the man in the moon needs to put his tongue in his cheek so the 'hump' from his tongue can round out his face. Now I have a visual association for my word-of-the-day. The artist is happy, she'll remember her new word :)

All this came about as I was interested in the meteor shower scheduled for this evening called the Geminids. But, as of 6:30 p.m., we have coudy skies and even if the sky is clear..... the gibbous Moon will be too bright to see all but the brightest meteors. Sigh........

Update!
I started the 'last call' dog walk around 11:15 p.m. Dudley always goes first. The sky had just a few clouds and the gibbous Moon was so bright that I really had to hunt for Orion. No sign of any meteors.......

But, when Grizzie and I went out....... well, here's what happened....I'm a happy camper :)

2 comments:

  1. love your journal - i would love to share a few pages on my blog with links back here!

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  2. Lori, Thank you!
    Checked out your blog too - we are sisters for sure :)
    Great info. I enjoyed viewing all the 'field packs.' Looks like a lot of field artists like the Aquabee sketchbook like I do.
    Yes, I'd be honored if you shared some of my work.
    Thanks for the links back. I would also like to add your blog to my list of blogs to watch.
    I love making contact with like minds - it makes the world small and wonderful, especially during these difficult times.

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