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The phases of the Moon are changes in the appearance of the Moon relative to the position of the Earth and the Sun. As the Moon travels through its monthly orbit, varying amounts of the side facing the Earth are illumina... More »

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The phases of the moon are: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full, waning gibbous, third quarter and waning crescent. After the waning-crescent phase the moon returns to the new-moon phase and th... More »

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The phases of the moon, from darkest to brightest, are the new moon, the crescent moon, the quarter moon, the gibbous moon and the full moon. As the moon fills out in the sky, it passes through the waxing crescent, first... More »

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Moon phases occur because the angle of the Earth, moon and sun changes as the moon orbits the Earth. One-half of the moon is always illuminated by the sun. As a person's angle of sight changes, different portions of sunl... More »

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Moon phases refers to the appearance of the moon in the night sky and how much of its visible surface is illuminated. As the moon travels through its orbit, the percentage of its illuminated surface facing Earth waxes an... More »

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