Lead Dawn to Day #haiku #port #moon #sun #astronomy

Moon seen from Earth orbit

Ancient crescent Moon
Leads the Sun into the sky
And the dawn to day

We call it “new” when the Moon stands between Earth and Sun and the side turned perpetually towards Earth is in darkness. Because of the bobbles and eccentricity of orbits, this configuration doesn’t often  give us earth-bound observers a solar eclipse. But on August 21st 2017 it will – across mid North America. It’s just a footnote to orbital mechanics, but still a thrill 🙂

And this morning the brilliant planet Venus led the Moon – an especially lovely morning.

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