Why are quarters waxing or waning?
Waning; Means to decrease in size
When you see waxing ie. Cresent/ Gibbous, it means the light is increasing. It increases from right to left until the whole moon is lit up. After it's all lit the moons light begins to decrease from left to right until the moon is completely dark
The Moon from Earth as opposed to The I.S.S
Although the First Quarter and the Third Quarter look very similar, they're actually quite opposite. They are in the same location when they occur but it's flipped. So the Sun still shines the same side of the moon, but it looks different because the location of Earth and how we see the moon.
- 50% of the right side of the moon is lit.
- Occurs after Waxing Crescent and before Waxing Gibbous
- 50% of the left side of the moon is lit.
- Occurs after Waning Gibbous and before Waning Cresent