A Photograph of the cresent moon - 2nd August

The moon on the 2nd of August, a waxing crescent (39% full) photographed with my brother - after many attempts finally got it, with shutter speed of 1/6th sec, aperture f/8

The large dark patch in the upper right hand corner is Mare Serenitatis, which is a massive lava plain, which has a diameter of 674km, to give you an idea of scale.

It is slightly orange in colour becasue it is close to the horizon, and we are thererfore looking through a greater thickness of the Earths atmosphere as opposed to strait looking upwards. The atmosphere scatters blue light, so if your looking through a greater thickness of atmosphere more red light is able to pass through your eyes.

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