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So, you claim you are from planet Earth, eh? [Jan. 19th, 2013|01:37 am]
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[boplenty]
Very well. You leave your house a little before sunset. There is a half-moon fairly high in the sky. Is the moon in a waxing or waning phase?
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[User Picture]From: sylviamaris
2013-01-19 06:44 am (UTC)

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Haha! This is a good question. I'm going to say waning, but I'm very prepared to admit I'm wrong.
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-19 07:37 am (UTC)

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Preparation is everything ... 8-)
[User Picture]From: dawgdays
2013-01-19 06:53 am (UTC)

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Waxing.
From: light_frost
2013-01-19 06:57 am (UTC)

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The moon is waxing. I've noticed it getting a bit bigger every day.
[User Picture]From: fleckerbug
2013-01-19 09:23 am (UTC)

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Right now? It's waxing right now.
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-19 03:44 pm (UTC)

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Well, suppose you had been abducted by aliens months ago, and they asked you this hypothetical question. Would you still be able to answer it?
[User Picture]From: fleckerbug
2013-01-20 01:33 am (UTC)

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Yes.
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-20 02:42 am (UTC)

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Excellent, we appoint you the Earth's representative to the Intergalactic Union of Planets!!!
[User Picture]From: fleckerbug
2013-01-20 06:47 am (UTC)

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Sweeeet. Does this job come with bennies?

Edited at 2013-01-20 06:47 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-20 07:04 am (UTC)

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Sorry, no bennies, there is a substance abuse test.
[User Picture]From: lakinisjuice
2013-01-19 10:51 am (UTC)

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In its waxing phase, the half-moon* sets around midnight, so it would be high in the sky around sunset. Most people don't see a waning half-moon* because it rises round midnight. At least that's my rudimentary understanding of lunar phases
Though I've learnt not to take everything at face value, so I have to ask: when you say "half moon", are you inquiring about a moon that appears half-lit (first/last quarter moon)?
*Assuming you're talking about a first/last quarter "half" moon. :)
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-19 03:51 pm (UTC)

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Hmmm ... AFAIK, the standard definition of half-moon is when half the disk of the moon is illuminated, but you are right, it is also more commonly called waxing (or waning) quarter based on illumination of the lunar sphere. But it is odd that a full moon is based on disk illumination, not sphere illumination.
[User Picture]From: thunderflyer
2013-01-19 06:44 pm (UTC)

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Um, no, to moonrise and moonset times. Each varies by about an hoyr each day. Otherwise, the moon would never be visible in be daytime.
[User Picture]From: hajiomatic
2013-01-19 02:19 pm (UTC)

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neither its in denial
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-19 03:40 pm (UTC)

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Well, of course you can see it over de Nile, but so what?
[User Picture]From: shinygobonkers
2013-01-19 03:34 pm (UTC)

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no idea. waning?

i just think its pretty looking and keep walking lol
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-19 03:40 pm (UTC)

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Nah, waxing.
[User Picture]From: thunderflyer
2013-01-19 03:34 pm (UTC)

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That depends if you're asking now, or hypothetically.

[User Picture]From: boplenty
2013-01-19 03:41 pm (UTC)

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Hypothetically ... BTW, have you checked out the moon lately ... 8-)
[User Picture]From: thunderflyer
2013-01-19 06:41 pm (UTC)

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I was caught completely by surprise by a huge, gibbous moon on New Year's night. It was just gigantic, and red, and bright. As it emerged from the trees, it looked like someone had erected a ginormous dome.

Last night, it resembled a silver bowl, pouring the stars out across the sky.
[User Picture]From: rainbow_vagina
2013-01-19 11:21 pm (UTC)

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What's a moon? Whoops.