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Serious Moonlight: Fourteen Stunning Moons

It’s safe to say we Earth-walkers are obsessed with the moon. We hold it responsible for our wild debauchery when it’s full, for the lovey-dovey feelings we get when it peeks down at us through the fog, and even for the occasional stomach cramp. (Ladies, you know what I’m talking about.) No matter the science behind the moon’s many mysteries, its tranquil beauty is a wonder to behold. Please indulge your inner moonchild and enjoy these amazing shots of the many faces (and phases) of the moon—and feel free to howl if the mood strikes.
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Lunar Eclipse
Lunar Chart
Harvest Moon
Cloudy Harvest Moon
Blood Moon
Crescent Moon
Hurricane Moon
Nevada Moon
Daytime Moon
Grey Moon
Sepia Moon
Tree Moon
Mountain Moon
Space-Station Moon
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Cloudy Harvest Moon

The moon’s an arrant thief,
And her pale fire she snatches from the sun. —William Shakespeare

Photo courtesy of Tom Grundy Photo (cc)

Lunar Chart

Lunar eclipses occur at least twice a year when the earth is positioned directly between the sun and moon, blocking the sun’s rays from our rocky satellite. Due to this positioning, the moon is always full during an eclipse.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (cc)

Harvest Moon

A harvest moon is the full moon that appears closest to the autumnal equinox. It’s also referred to as the wine moon, the singing moon, and the elk call moon.

Random Lunacy: If you’re standing directly under the moon, you’ll weigh slightly less, due to its gravitational pull. (Note the emphasis on “slightly”: this is not an effective weight-loss regimen.)

Photo courtesy of dcslpicer (cc)

Cloudy Harvest Moon

The moon’s an arrant thief,
And her pale fire she snatches from the sun. —William Shakespeare

Photo courtesy of Tom Grundy Photo (cc)

Blood Moon

A blood moon is the first full moon after a harvest moon. It’s sometimes called a hunter’s moon.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. —Buddha

Photo courtesy of Jasen Miller (cc)

Crescent Moon

I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it. —Albert Einstein

Photo courtesy of Auntie K (cc)

Hurricane Moon

Random Lunacy: In a 1988 survey, 13 percent of participants said the moon was indeed made of cheese.

Photo courtesy of NASA (cc)

Nevada Moon

Buzz Lightyear was the first man on the moon, according to a survey of one thousand students conducted in the UK in 2010. They also informed surveyors that the queen of England invented the telephone.

Photo courtesy of Nevada Tumbleweed! (cc)

Daytime Moon

’Tis moonlight, summer moonlight,
All soft and still and fair;
The solemn hour of midnight
Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere …
—Emily Brontë

Photo courtesy of Dylan Ashe (cc)

Grey Moon

I don’t know if there are men on the moon, but if there are they must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum. —George Bernard Shaw

Photo courtesy of Splinter Group (cc)

Sepia Moon

Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. —Mark Twain

Photo courtesy of eye of einstein (cc)

Tree Moon

War talk by men who have been in a war is always interesting; whereas moon talk by a poet who has not been in the moon is likely to be dull. —Mark Twain

Photo courtesy of Ken Paris (cc)

Mountain Moon

The moon is nothing but a circumambulating aphrodisiac divinely subsidized to provoke the world into a rising birthrate. —Christopher Fry

Photo courtesy of Bob the courier (cc)

Space-Station Moon

There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery. —Joseph Conrad

Photo courtesy of NASA (cc)

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