The Moon's Waning Gibbous Phase, from Central New York

 While standing out on my deck, I noticed the Moon was still high above Central New York, so I grabbed my camera and new telephoto lens to capture a photograph of it. 

Looking up at the Moon from Central New York, during the late morning
The Moon from Central New York, during the late morning

I had recently picked up a new telephoto lens with a maximum focal length of 600mm, so I wanted to see what kind of detail I could see in the Moon with the lens. The image was taken with a  Canon EOS 6D, and is cropped a bit. I am pretty happy, though, with the level of detail I see in the photograph.

Waning Gibbous Phase

On this day, the Moon was still in the Waning Gibbous Phase, which occurs after a Full Moon. The last full Moon had occurred on August 22, 2021. The phase lasts for about a week, with the amount of the Moon made visible by the sun decreasing each day. On August 30th, the Moon would enter the Third Quarter Phase. According to, the visible portion of the Moon during the Waning Gibbous Phase decreases from 99.9% to 50.1%. On the day the photograph was taken, the Moon was 251,096 miles from Earth.

Photograph taken on August 29, 2021.


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