Moon Facts

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Lunar Phases

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Moon Phases



Names and images of the
8 phases of the moon

The revolution of the Moon around the Earth makes the Moon appear as if it is changing shape in the sky. This is caused by the different angles from which we see the bright part of the Moon's surface. These are called "phases" of the Moon. Of course, the Moon doesn't generate any light itself; it just reflects the light of the Sun. The Moon passes through four major shapes during a cycle that repeats itself every 29.5 days. The phases always follow one another in the same order.



New Moon lunar phase
 

New Moon

Waxing Crescent Moon
"Waxing" means growing and refers to
the size  of the illuminated part of the moon that is increasing.

Waxing Crescent Moon lunar phase
 

First Quarter Moon lunar phase
 

First Quarter Moon 

Waxing Gibbous Moon

Waxing Gibbous Moon lunar phase
 


Full Moon lunar phase

Full Moon
The full moon occurs when the Moon lies on the opposite side of Earth from the Sun. The moon as seen from the surface of the earth is fully illuminated by the sun at this time, presenting a "full" round disc to viewers on earth. As always, only half the total surface of the moon is illuminated.
A full moon is the only time when a lunar eclipse is possible; at that time the moon may move through the shadow cast by the earth. However, because of the tilt of the moon's orbit around the earth relative to the earth's orbit around the sun, the moon may pass above or below the shadow, so a lunar eclipse does not occur at every full moon. Full moons are generally a poor time to conduct astronomical observations, since the bright reflected sunlight from the moon overwhelms the dimmer light from stars.
 

Waning Gibbous Moon
"Waning" means shrinking.
When the the Moon is said to be waning, we see a little less of the Moon each day until it completely disappears when the Moon is New.

Waning Gibbous Moon lunar phase
 

Last Quarter Moon lunar phase
 

Last Quarter Moon

Waning Crescent Moon
 

Waning Crescent Moon lunar phase
 

In the northern hemisphere, if the right side of the Moon is dark, the light part is shrinking: the Moon is waning (moving towards a new Moon). If the left side is dark, the Moon is waxing (moving towards a full Moon). The acronym mnemonic "DOC" represents this ("D" is the waxing Moon; "O" the full moon; and "C" the waning moon). In the Southern hemisphere, this is reversed, and the mnemonic is "COD".

daily phase of the moon by the us navy

Current Moon Phase
by the U.S. Naval Observatory
 
  • Blue Moons
    When a month has two full moons, the second is often called a Blue Moon.
  • Moon rise times
    The New Moon always rises at sunrise.
    The first quarter Moon rises at noon.
    The Full Moon rises at sunset.
    The last quarter Moon rises at midnight.
    Moonrise takes place about 50 minutes later each day than the day before.
     
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