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Big Moon Rises Over Mississippi (Photo)

Moon Dan Brown Mississippi 2013 night sky photo
Bruce Brown of Canton, Miss. took this image of a waxing gibbous moon on March 25, 2013 at approximately 5 p.m.
(Image: © Bruce Brown )

A deep indigo lingers in the background of this jaw-dropping photo of the moon.

Bruce Brown of Canton, Miss., took this image of March 25 at roughly 5 p.m. local time when a bit of light remained in the sky.

The March 25 moon was a waxing gibbous moon. The time between a first quarter moon and a full moon is called the waxing gibbous period because the illuminated region of the orb increases each day. [Phases of the Moon Explained (Infographic)]

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A full moon occurred two days after this image was taken, on March 27. After a full moon, the orb goes through a waning gibbous phase until it reaches the last quarter or no moon.

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