The Micro-Dragon is very interested in the Moon. We are not quite sure why, but he has always been fascinated and reassured by presence of the satellite high in the night sky since, oh birth. There were periods where he would be very agitated because there were weeks-long spans where the Moon wasn’t visible due to inclement weather over the Big Croissant.
But Liam Wallace is fascinated by the Moon. He knows that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were respectively the first and second men to land on the Moon (and possibly confirming the existence of a secret alien moon base) in the Eagle Lander as part of the Apollo 11 Mission, reads books on space exploration and astronomy, and one of his favorite films is Wallace and Gromit – A Grand Day Out. If you have never seen this Academy Award-nominated film, you can pick up a copy here:
It is also available on iTunes for the digital download set (or if you don’t have a Blu-Ray player). Either way is good and you’ll never think of Wensleydale in quite the same way again.
Anyway, do you know what a waxing gibbous is? He does.
The parentals however are near-earth astronomic Luddites so imagine our surprise when the Micro-Dragon looks out the window, points at the moon and yells “waxing gibbous!”
Yes, we had to look it up.
For what it’s worth, it is the period when the Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight, or the time between the first quarter and the full moon. See? You do learn something new every time you come to the Micro-Dragon’s blog.
If you would like to learn what a waxing gibbous is and would like to use the tool Liam Wallace recommends, it’s right here: