Moon Phases

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Moon Phases

New Moon

A week after the New Moon, the moon has revolved a quarter around the Earth. Now we see about half of the illuminated part, which is a quarter of the moon. This is the first quarter phase.

A waxing gibbous shows more of the illuminated half of the moon. The waxing gibbous phase shows us more than half of the moon.

.The moon is less than half illuminated. The illuminated part is decreasing. It will get smaller and smaller until the next new moon phase.

Half of the moon is illuminated by direct sunlight. The part of the moon that is illuminated is decreasing. Only the left side of the moon is lit during this phase.

During a full moon, the moon is halfway through its revolution around Earth. The illuminated half is now facing Earth which causes us to see a full moon.

During a new moon, the moon is in the same direction as the sun. The iluminated half is facing away from the Earth, so we only see the dark side. This is a new moon.

As the moon orbits around the Earth, we see more of it, During a waxing crescent, the side of the moon we see expands in light. The light is always on the right during a waxing crescent.

Waxing Crescent

First Quarter

Waxing Gibbous

Waning Crescent

Last Quarter

Waning Gibbous

Full Moon

Moon Phases

The way the moon revolves around the Earth makes it look like the moon is changing in the sky. The different angles from which we see the moon's surface causes this. These are called moon phases.The moon orbits around the Earth. It takes about 29 days for the moon to make one complete orbit around the Earth.

From now on until there is a new moon, the illuminated part we see will start to decrease,or start waning. We will now see less of the moon.

Did you know?

"The first spacecraft to back pictures of the far side of the moon was Luna 3 in October 1959."Source- Keith's Moon Page


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