Elephant Moon

As the Moon makes its monthly trip around the Earth, the surface seems to change, growing and shrinking with each night. We have come to know these lunar phases by names like the Crescent Moon, the Gibbous Moon, and the Quarter Moon. These phases, with their dramatic shapes and shadows, are somehow even more interesting to watch and discuss than even their Full counterparts.

On May 14th, 2016, we will be taking a look at May’s First Quarter Moon, discussing how the Moon moves and changes, and how cultures have looked at our close lunar neighbor throughout history.

Being so close and so visible, the Moon and its cosmic dance with the Earth has been the subject of study and debate since before recorded history. By the time the ancient Greeks got around to writing their observations down, they already knew all about the orbit of the Moon and its many phases. But it would take centuries before anyone would understand the many features covering its surface.