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Gibbous moon rising over a coastal cliff

Gibbous moon rising over a coastal cliff

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DAVID NUNUK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID NUNUK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Moon. A gibbous moon rising over a coastal cliff. The moon passes through a complete set of phases, from new moon to new moon, once every 29.53 days (a synodic month). It is described as gibbous when more than half its disc is illuminated. The moon does not produce its own light, but it can be seen because it reflects the light of the sun. The dark areas, or 'seas', are the remains of ancient plains of lava. Craters visible are the result of meteorite impacts. The same side of the moon always faces the earth. Photographed over Lands End, at Cabo San Lucas in Baja California, Mexico.

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