crescent phase

crescent phase

[′kres·ənt ‚fāz]
(astronomy)
A phase of the moon or an inferior planet in which less than half of the visible hemisphere is illuminated.
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The Moon can be seen in a bright crescent phase, illuminating an edge of the lower lenticular cloud, while the molten lava from the volcano gives the scene a vibrant red glow.
It is expected that enthusiasts will be able to have a good show this time as the night will be dark because of the moon being in its crescent phase.
There's wind beneath your wings, as your new Moon reaches her crescent phase and you'll very likely be making progress with various shelved or delayed projects and plans as May's first week unfolds, and several decisions become simpler to make.
Venus currently shows a crescent phase through a telescope and will remain quite bright to the naked eye.
Unlike the Moon, Venus is brightest when in crescent phase and faintest when full.
The ashen light is seldom reported when Venus is more than 30% illuminated and is usually seen only when the crescent phase is viewed against a dark sky.
But it won't reach its crescent phase again until spring of 2012.
For instance, when seen after sunset the crescent moon looks like) but before sunrise the crescent phase looks like (.
Andrea Yarnell Dakin,of Flintshire, will be drawing on her 20 years of acting to perform The Crescent Phase tomorrow at St Mary's Church hall, Broughton and at seven other locations.
A conventional small figure in a crescent phase off in the right-hand corner, it is very likely to be missed by the observer.

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