Sky Science


Phases of the Moon

The phases of the moon depends on the position of the moon. The first phase of the moon is a new moon it is when the opposite side of the moon is facing The Sun and also the moon doesn't make it's own light it actually reflects off the suns light. in a few days the moon becomes a half this phase is called the First Quarter. In a few days the moon is full then in another few days it is back to a quarter this phase is called last quarter then in another few days the moon is back to new moon

New moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, last quarter, waning crescent and back to new moon. Waxing means growing and waning means shrinking.