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Phases of the Moon When we gaze up into the night sky, what is it that we see? Sometimes we see a Full Moon. On other occasions we see half of the Moon, and on others we see less than half or more than half. Then there are times when we don't see it at all. What we're witnessing are the Phases of the Moon. Phases of the Moon Our nearest neighbor in space, the Moon is a natural satellite of the Earth. Great plains stretch over the moon's surface, dotted with huge mountains and scarred by numerous craters. Phases of the Moon As the Moon orbits the Earth it goes through a sequence of phases as the proportion of the visible illuminated hemisphere changes. 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. The Moon doesn't generate any light itself; it just reflects the light of the Sun. Phases of the Moon Day 1 New Moon The new moon is the phase of the moon when the moon is not visible from Earth, because the side of the moon that is facing us is not being lit by the sun. Phases of the Moon About 3 Days Waxing Crescent Moon This is what we see after the New Moon, but before the First Quarter Moon. “Waxing” means increasing, or growing larger. Phases of the Moon About 7 Days First Quarter Moon The right half (North up in the image) of the Moon appears lighted and the left side of the Moon appears dark. Phases of the Moon About 10 Days Waxing Gibbous Moon This is what we see after the First Quarter Moon, but before the Full Moon. The amount of moon we see each day will grow larger. Phases of the Moon About 14 Days Full Moon The lighted side of the Moon faces the Earth. This means that the Earth, Sun, and Moon are nearly in a straight line, with the Earth in the middle. The Moon that we see is very bright from the sunlight reflecting off it. Phases of the Moon Full Moon Names January Wolf Moon February Snow Moon March Sap Moon April Pink Moon May Flower Moon June Strawberry Moon July Buck Moon August Sturgeon Moon September Harvest Moon October Hunters Moon November Beaver Moon December Cold Moon Phases of the Moon Blue Moon When two full moons occur in a single month, the second full moon is called a "Blue Moon.” Phases of the Moon About 17 Days Waining Gibbous Moon This is what we see after the Full Moon, but before the Last Quarter Moon. "Waning" means decreasing, or growing smaller. Phases of the Moon About 21 Days Third Quarter Moon The left half of the Moon appears lighted, and the right side of the Moon appears dark. Phases of the Moon About 24 Days Waning Crescent This is what the moon looks like after the Last Quarter Moon and before the New Moon. The crescent will grow smaller and smaller every day, until the Moon looks like the New Moon. Phases of the Moon Planting by the Moon Many people plant gardens by the phases of the moon. It was so well established in the first century AD that it became part of the “natural history” that Pliny the Elder wrote about. Phases of the Moon People believe that planting by the phases of the Moon makes seeds germinate faster. The believe that plants are hardier and more disease- resistant and that they blossom sooner and bear more fruit.
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