A less gibbous moon

Probably not many life partners were discussing a gibbous moon this evening, but Linda and I were. As we headed out for dinner I motioned to a cloud-veiled moon hanging low over the Stanford campus and intoned, with some authority,” That, dear, is a gibbous moon.”

Only problem is, it wasn’t. For some reason, I’ve had it stuck in my mind, probably for decades, that gibbous referred to “hazy” or “obscured.” Linda replied that she thought that gibbous referred to the shape or phase of the moon, which, indeed, proves to be correct (less than full, more than half).

Later in the evening, as we departed the Mayfield CafĂ©, I observed that the moon was “less gibbous,” given a clearing sky. Wrong on both occasions, it would seem…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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2 Responses to A less gibbous moon

  1. Anonymous says:

    Need to get those Chinese to teach us about the astronomies.

  2. Lamar says:

    It’s a full moon tonight (30th). Also the moon is at perigee, closest approach to the earth in its orbit and therefore slightly larger. Also Mars was at opposition (direct line opposite the sun) on the 29th and thus very bright and will be bright and high all winter. Mars is close to the moon also.

    Try that stuff for make up points.

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