By the light of the silvery moon

Did you see the new moon last night. I just stood and gazed it was so beautiful.

This I got this from Space Weather:

If you thought last night’s crescent Moon was super-beautiful, you were right. It was a crescent supermoon. Peter Lowenstein photographed the slender arc from Mutare, Zimbabwe:

The moon - Just a tiny crescent

Just a tiny crescent

The evening sky was perfectly clear and allowed a good view of the very young crescent supermoon,” says Lowenstein. “At first the thin crescent was difficult to locate above the sunset glare (first picture) but as the orange light faded and the sky turned turned lilac and then blue it became clearly visible to the north of Christmas Pass.:

The supermoon

The supermoon

What made the crescent “super”?  “Supermoons” are full Moons that are extra big and bright because they occur on the perigee side of the Moon’s elliptical orbit. Last night’s sky show was the same phenomenon, writ slender. The crescent Moon of April 27th occurred at perigee, making it as much as 14% wider and 30% brighter than other crescent Moons of the year.”

Now, if you are like me and don’t know your perigee from your apogee I offer the following diagram.

Perigee and apogee diagram

Perigee and apogee diagram

Got it?  “A”, apogee, away. I got it!

And if you want to sing by the light of ……..