Haha! This is a good question. I'm going to say waning, but I'm very prepared to admit I'm wrong.
Preparation is everything ... 8-)
The moon is waxing. I've noticed it getting a bit bigger every day.
Right now? It's waxing right now.
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?
Excellent, we appoint you the Earth's representative to the Intergalactic Union of Planets!!!
Sweeeet. Does this job come with bennies?
Edited at 2013-01-20 06:47 am (UTC)
Sorry, no bennies, there is a substance abuse test.
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. :)
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.
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.
Well, of course you can see it over de Nile, but so what?
no idea. waning?
i just think its pretty looking and keep walking lol
That depends if you're asking now, or hypothetically.
Hypothetically ... BTW, have you checked out the moon lately ... 8-)
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.