What Are the Moon Phases in Order?


Quick Answer

The moon phases in order are first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, third quarter, waning crescent, new and waxing crescent. There are a total of eight lunar phases.

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The cycle can be started from any point, such as the new moon or full moon, because the starting point is a matter of preference and because no one actually knows which lunar phase came first. The first quarter moon looks, from Earth, like the right side of a circle that has been sliced in half. The waxing gibbous is a bit larger, and the full moon appears as a full circle. The next phases are each smaller until the new moon is reached, which is not visible at all. After the new moon, the phases begin to grow larger.

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