Different Phases of the Moon, Total 8 Phases of the Moon, Waxing Crescent (For CBSE, ICSE, IAS, NET, NRA 2022)

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Different Phases of the Moon

Total 8 Phases of the Moon

Total 8 Phases of the Moon

New Moon

  • This is the first phase of the moon when the moon is between the sun and the earth.
  • During this phase the moon is not seen as the dark side of the moon is facing the earth.

Waxing Crescent

  • The second phase which occurs after a few days of the new moon. During this phase, the moon travels towards the east.
  • There are times when rest of the moon is visible due to the phenomenon known as “earthshine” where it reflects sunlight to the moon.

First-Quarter

  • It is the third phase during which people may see either right half of the illuminated moon or the left half of the illuminated moon depending on the location.
  • The moon completes the th of the lunar phase.

Waxing Gibbous Moon

It is the fourth phase where the waxing means growing large and gibbous means shape, thus the “growing shape.”

Full Moon

  • It is the fifth phase of the moon when the sun and the moon are on the opposite side of the earth.
  • When the moon is at its closest point to the earth, it is known as “supermoon”
  • When it is at the farthest point from the earth, it is known as “micro-moon.”

Waning Gibbous Moon

  • It is the sixth phase of the moon and waning means decreasing
  • So, it is known as a decrease in shape which lasts until the moon is half illuminated.

Third-Quarter Moon

It is the seventh phase of the moon and the moon has completed th of the lunar phase.

Waning Crescent Moon

  • It is the last phase of the moon and during this phase too “earthshine” is seen.
  • This phase will end when both the sun and the moonrise at the same time giving rise to a new lunar cycle.

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