Name the 8 phases of the moon in order?
The moon's orbit around Earth causes it to appear in different shapes from our perspective. These shapes are called moon phases and include new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent. The lunar cycle repeats every 29.5 days, and the moon's visible shape changes each night.
Phases of the Moon
Waxing Moon: The phase of the Moon when it is moving from the new Moon state to the full Moon state and the illuminated part of the Moon is increasing. Waning Moon: The phase of the Moon when it is moving from the full Moon state to the new Moon state and the illuminated part of the Moon is decreasing. Lunar Eclipse: An event that occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow and is blocked from the Sun's light.
What is your favorite phase of the moon?
- Full Moon
- Waxing Crescent
- Waning Gibbous
- New Moon
The moon is slightly elliptical in shape, so the amount of daylight experienced during each phase varies slightly. The moon rotates at the same rate that it orbits the Earth, meaning that only one side of the moon is ever visible from Earth. The moon is the only natural satellite of Earth, and it's the fifth largest moon in the Solar System.
Did you know?
What causes the different phases of the moon to appear?
How does the moon's position in relation to the sun affect the phases of the moon?
What are the different phases of the moon and how do they affect tides on Earth?
What other patterns or cycles in nature does the moon's phases remind you of?
How could you use the moon's phases to help track the passage of time?