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#1 CarlosEH

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 10:12 AM

I made an observation of the Waning Gibbous Moon (17.8 days old) on June 11, 2009 (04:00 U.T.) above the southeastern horizon. The Moon exhibited a golden color as it is appropriately called a "Honeymoon." The origin of the word Honeymoon is vague but it may have originated in Northern Europe when the newly married couple was supposed to drink a daily cup of Mead (a drink made from honey) for the first month of marriage in order to provide strength and virility. The astronomical explanation may refer to the low (southern) position of the Moon along the Ecliptic (greater amount of haze) giving it a "golden" appearance. Whatever the explanation it is a beautiful sight for newlyweds and all of us.

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 11:04 AM

Outstanding sketch Carlos! :bow: :jump: :bow: I could just stare at it for hours. One of the most realistic naked eye sketches I've ever seen. :waytogo:

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:04 PM

Rich,

Thank you for the compliment on my Honeymoon observation. I was mesmerized by the golden Moon! The best of luck in your own observations. Messier/Messier A was great!

Carlos

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 02:46 PM

Carlos,

Your drawing has beautiful, rich colors! I enjoyed reading the commentary that accompanied it, too. :)

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 04:23 PM

Michael,

Thank you for the compliment on my Honeymoon observation. It was a beautiful sight to behold over the southeastern sky. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

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Posted 11 June 2009 - 09:32 PM

Makes me think of sitting beside Linda on a grassy hill as we watch the moon come up. Nice sketch. Roland

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 05:29 AM

Beautiful sketch, Carlos!

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 06:21 PM

Carlos,

Beautiful naked eye sketch. The color is stunning.:waytogo: :cool: :bow: :bow: :rainbow:

Frank :)

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:58 PM

Frank, Jeff, and Roland

Thank you for the compliments on my Honeymoon observation. The subject I was observing and rendering was a beautiful one that had to be recorded. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 10:44 PM

great sketch, the color of the moon is striking it seems to be shinning through my computer screen, great job.

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 06:19 AM

Tommy,

Thank you for the compliment on my Honeymoon observation. I am happy that is has struck a romantic note in many people. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 02:05 PM

Carlos,

The sketch is perfect. :jump: :rainbow: :jump:

I only miss the ambient sound of a warm summer evening.

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 08:55 PM

Another beautiful sketch Carlos. And some interesting background information...always something to learn and appreciate. Thanks for sharing.

Ron

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 07:51 AM

Ron and Rony,

Thank you for the compliments on my Honeymoon observation. Whenever we see such a golden Moon we know that Summer is near. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 10:31 AM

Carlos,

:cool:, nice sketch of the Honneymoon.

:thanx:,

Tom

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 06:25 PM

Tom,

Thank you for the compliment on my Honeymoon observation. I hope that you enjoy the Moon during any month.

Carlos






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