This waxing gibbous Moon was seen around 5:30 p.m. in February 5, 2009. The craters can barely be seen in the lower right corner of the moon. The light gray patches are the mare (pron. "mah-ray"), which is Latin for "sea". Early people assumed those areas had water, just as the earth has oceans. We now know that the mare are flat plains that once had lava flows. The moon is approximately 240,000 miles from the Earth and is about 1/4 size of the Earth. This photo was taken with a Nikon ED-82 spotting scope and my Nikon D80 camera.