The Phases of The Moon

We all know the earth and moon are in constant motion, but do you know what the specific phases of the moon are?

Posted: Feb. 27, 2019 10:54 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - We just had a supermoon here in the Wabash valley only a few weeks ago.

While it's not something we see often, the moon looks different almost every day.

That's because of the different phases the moon goes through.

Now the first thing to know is between the terms "Waxing" and "Waning".

An easy way to tell the difference, a Waxing moon is lit up on the right side. A Waning moon, the left.

The first and easiest phase to remember is a full moon.

This is when the moon is the brightest, and of course, the fullest.

Next is the Waning Gibbous phase. This is when the moon just barely starts to darken.

After that is the third quarter. This is when the moon is half dark, half illuminated on the left side.

Then we get the Waning Crescent. The moon has started to reflect less light at this point, only illuminating a small sliver at night.

After that is the New Moon.

This one is almost impossible to see, because to us, the moon is reflecting no light.

Then in the second half, we bring in the term "Waxing".

The first stage is Waxing Crescent. Again, a small sliver is illuminated, but this time on the right side.

Next, the first quarter. Half the moon is lit up, but again, this time on the right.

The Waxing Gibbous stage comes next, and it's the last stage before we bring it full circle.

Then we're back to the beginning with a full illuminated moon.

This year, we have one more supermoon in 2019.

The moon will come March 20th around 9:45 eastern time.

It won't be quite as big as the supermoon in February, but it will still be a sight to see.

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