by Ethan Tinsley
What are moon phases and what causes them?
The lunar phases of the moon are the illuminated shape of the moon and can tell witch time like when the month changes and the phases are new moon, waxing crescent 1st quarter, waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, 3rd quarter and waning crescent. Moon phases are caused by the Earth and sun in placement with the moon and sunlight reflecting onto the moon.
What is the difference between between the 1st and 3rd quarter?
The differences between the 1st and 3rd quarter are that the 1st quarter in waxing meaning at the time it is gaining sunlight and light is on the right it is after the new moon. The 3rd quarter is waning light o the left it is after the full moon and is when light is being lost.
Why do moon phases wax and wan and what are they?
Waxing is after new moon light is on the right and is when light is being added, waning is when light is going away it is after full moon and light is on the left. The reason it does that is because as the moon rotates is makes the suns reflected light come on different forms it rotates countercheck wise witch cause is it as it gets closer of the right it has light causing waxing and vice versa for waning.