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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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