Moon Phase Explanation

New Moon

New Moon - The Moon's unilluminated side is facing the Earth.

waxing Crescent

Waxing Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight.

first quarter

First Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight.

Waxing Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight.

Full Moon - The Moon's illuminated side is facing the Earth.

Waning Gibbous - The Moon appears to be more than one-half but not fully illuminated by direct sunlight.

Last Quarter - One-half of the Moon appears to be illuminated by direct sunlight.

Waning Crescent - The Moon appears to be partly but less than one-half illuminated by direct sunlight.


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