Moon Phases

By: Ivonne mata

A similarity and differences of the 1st & 3rd quarter moons:

  1. halfway full (first quarter)
  2. halfway incomplete (third quarter)
  1. the first quarter moon is waxing which means getting bigger.
  2. the third quarter is waning which means getting smaller.
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What is the difference between waxing and waning?

Waxing means getting bigger which means getting closer to being a full moon.

Waning means getting smaller which means getting closer to being a new moon.

Why do we see moon phases from earth but not from space?

The sun always has light on one half of the moon. The moon’s appearance changes through the month because different portions of its sunlit half are visible from Earth.