Gibbous July Moon
The moon goes through a 28-day cycle with each phase lasting 7 days. Recently I set out to catch the moon during the waxing gibbous phase just a few days before full moon. Gibbous means that more than half the surface of the Moon as seen from Earth is lit up and waxing means a bit more is lit up last night than the night before.
The moon is one of my favorite photographic subjects. Soon I hope to take some late-night/early-morning waning crescent images.
NASA has sent the Lunar Reconnaissance Observer with the another mission in-tow designed to smash into the Moon to aid the search for possible water-ice in lunar craters. This is one of the first images from the spacecraft showing an area near Mare Nubium (sea of clouds).