Cool image of daytime moon from December 18, 2010

This image is from EarthSky Facebook friend Brian Pate. It’s yesterday’s daytime moon. Look for the moon in the daytime this afternoon, too …

This image came from Brian Pate, a friend of EarthSky on Facebook. Cool image, Brian!

Daytime moon Dec. 18, 2010

Daytime moon seen on December 18, 2010. Image by Brian Pate. Used with permission.

Astronomers call this sort of moon – a moon seen in blue daytime sky in the few days before full moon – a waxing gibbous moon. Watch for this sort of moon today, too, in late afternoon. And don’t forget the lunar eclipse Monday night!

I liked what another ES Facebook friend, Elena Wates, said about this photo. She simply said, “Ah. Her veil.” Yes.

Deborah Byrd