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Three Challenges in Seeing the Moon

As we go through life, we all need little challenges to make our lives more interesting and exciting. Before I broke my back, my main challenges were, of course, associated with my climbing.


Since then my main challenge has been to show the world how we can live in a sane, green manner without causing pollution - and also give all people an equal opportunity to progress in this world. (This means that the rich must be prevented from getting too rich.) But, unfortunately, most people now believe in Capitalism, Globalism and Economic Growth with a faith that borders on religious fanaticism. So my ideas are not listened to. Thus I can get a little bit discouraged.


This picture is taken from the Internet and shows the various stages of the Moon.


So, over the last year or so, I have found some other little challenges associated with seeing the Moon. Of course normally it is fairly easy to see the Moon and so there is no challenge in doing this. But there are three definite challenges, which I am currently engaged in.







The first obvious challenge is to see the moon on the days before and after the “No-Moon Day”. This is quite fun. I take the lift up to the car park on the top of Ashfield Mall (opposite my flat) in the early twilight morning before the “No-Moon Day”. Then I do the same in the twilight evening after “No-Moon Day”. I have I have been successful once or twice both before and after this day. But, as yet, I haven’t managed to see the Moon on the same “No-Moon period” on both days (small clouds can interfere very easily). So this little challenge continues for me.



But there are two other challenges, associated with seeing the Moon, and these challenges are of a more subtle nature. They both involve seeing the moon during the day when the moon is quite small and so quite close to the sun. One challenge occurs in the two-week period while the moon is getting bigger. The other challenge occurs during the two-week period when the moon is getting smaller.


When the moon is getting bigger it is easiest to see the moon in the evening. But where you see the moon changes from being in the East to begin with - to being in the West at the end. The challenge then is to see the moon as early in the day as possible. The best I have done is to see the Moon at 11:16 am.

(This occured just 2 days ago, when I was playing, in the break between playing my melodeon and my recorder playing. I was just very lucky to see it at that time.)

This is early in the period when the

Moon is still quite large. But it sets

quite early.


This last challenge occurs when the moon is getting smaller as it approaches the Sun. So the challenge will be to see the moon as late in the day as possible.




As the Moon approaches the horizon

it gets harder to see.


My best result in this third challenge was to see the moon at 2:30 p.m.













As the Moon gets smaller it also gets harder

to see.




The sky can change quite a lot over time. It is far easier to see the moon when the sky looks very blue.



Finally the Moon becomes really hard to see

as this photo shows.




















These descriptions of these challenges will not mean very much to you until your actually try to see the moon under these circumstances yourself. But it is fun. For me it is simply something to try and do as I push myself in my wheel-chair around the streets of Ashfield doing my daily exercises. It helps to fill in the day – and it is great when you are successful in seeing the moon under difficult circumstances.



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Updated on 26/8/2017.