'Guiding Light to the Stars' by Mark Gee, Australia. The skies of the Southern Hemisphere offer a rich variety of astronomical highlights. (Mark Gee/ Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year
Waxing: The moon anytime before a full moon and after a new moon.Waning: the moon at any time after full moon and before new moon.Gibbous: convex at both edges, as the moon when more than half full.Crescent: a shape resembling a segment of a ring.
Milky Way Shows 84 Million Stars in 9 Billion Pixels Side Note: The two images shown above are mere crop outs from ESA’s recent hit: The 9 Billion Pixel Image of 84 Million Stars. These two focus on the bright center of the image for the purpose of highli